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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina

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Address: Lungarno Gambacorti, 56100 Pisa, Italy
Phone Number: 39 050 910350
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Description: Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest...
Located on the bank of the Arno River, this church is Pisa's finest example of Gothic fancy.
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Liked... the location & the history of the building. Shame it was our turn to encounter scaffolding all over it... but understand these places have to be looked after with major... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Lelant, United Kingdom
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Sliema, Malta
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Ciao Florence Tours really let us down by not booking or reserving the FREE tickets required to see the interior of this building. We were told only 15 minutes before arriving after travelling from Florence. Likewise the leaning Tower... Hopeless.

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Lelant, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Liked... the location & the history of the building. Shame it was our turn to encounter scaffolding all over it... but understand these places have to be looked after with major preservation work at some time. Thank you Pisa.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A tiny church covered in scaffolding right now. But we've visited several times in the past and you should check the web sites to see when the cleaning is complete. You won't be going to Pisa for Santa Maria della Spina so you might check when you cross the Arno on the way to the Duomo and the Torre --... More 

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Milton Keynes
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The entire church was covered in plastic sheets and metal scaffolding when we visited in mid-July. All entrances were also blocked so we couldn't even peep inside to have a look. Very disappointing as the story about the church was so interesting. Maybe on another visit then...

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The Church of Santa Maria della Spina on the River Arno was erected in 1230 and allegedly houses a piece of thorn from part of Christ’s crown of thorns brought here in 1333, or so the story goes. Unfortunately there are extensive renovations being carried out and we were unable to see it in all its glory, but have managed... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The whole church is covered in scaffolding. Not worth a visit. I think you can still go inside, however

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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

After reading a review my husband and I walked down to the river to see this pretty church, only to find it has not been open to the public for a long time it is just a shell at present and it will be quite a while before it reopens. Check before going

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Beautiful building in a beautiful city. One of many stunning in Pisa. Well worth a visit. Amazing place

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Fantastick ! Spend time meditating. Go to confession and take comunion. Try to get there for early Mass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

It is not often that buildings so thoroughly Gothic can be found in Italy. This tiny but gorgeous church can be found on the bank of the river Arno, you can find it while taking an evening stroll along the river

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