The church, which is still consecarated, has an interesting history.
Benozzzo Gozzoli, a well-known Renaissance painter who painted some of the period’s most notable frescoes, moved with his family to Peccioli to escape the plague in Pisa, in accordance with the Caetani family, feudal lords of the area. He worked for the family for some years, during which he completed the frescoes in the Tabernacle of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Legoli. In the course of those years he also painted a fresco in the church of St. Catherine of Alexandria at the Spinucola in the Tenuta I Mandorli, which belonged to the Caetani family.
The fresco, which dereriorated over the years, was covered by a painting depicting St. Catherine which still decorates the wall behind the altar today, and has been carefully restored.
The Spinucola, the complex which consists of the main house and the church surrounded by a wall, of which only the main archway survives, was built in the latter part of the 15th century. It was an outpost for the Templars, who sojourned here on their way to the Holy Land.
The church was completely and carefully restored in 2018, and is still a consecrated church. In fact, until the 1960’s, every year on September 24, the feast of Saint Catherine, mass was celebrated during the course of the festivities held here, in which all the local famiies gathered to join.