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Sacra di San Michele

Via alla Sacra, 14 | Via Alla Sacra 14 Sant'ambrogio, 10057 Avigliana, Italy
011.93.91.30
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Avigliana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

A must-see in the area! The place is so full of history and, as you can easily guess, the view it offers is spectacular. If you have read Eco's 'The name of the rose', you can really imagine the events described in the book taking place here.

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I spent a great April afternoon in this magnificent place. Everyone who visit Turin and Piemonte should include this attraction as part of their tour - although a car is needed to reach the Sacra of San Michele (I am not aware of any bus/coach options). Peculiar historical building, with a breathtaking view of the Alps. The entrance is €5... More

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Moscow, Russia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The view at around 1km above sea level is magnificent, the building is in good condition, but seems to be little renovated, has authentic feel to it.

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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is an impressive monument in a most wonderful setting of forests and mountains. Visiting requires some stamina, but is totally worth it, as one walks through the forest before arriving at the monastery itself. The view from the top is breath-taking and the actual church is impressive in its size.

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Viterbo, Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

An absolutely fascinating place... An isolated ancient monastery, which seems to have inspired Umberto Eco for his "The Name of the Rose". Absolutely a MUST in Piedmont and in the whole north of Italy!

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Perth
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The view from this Abbey is amazing as is the history. Well worth the effort to visit - only the very fit should attempt to walk to the top

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Take note that you will have to drive up the mountain or make a long pilgrimage on foot or bike. Great if you are up for the challenge. Also there is a park and walk element that will deter anyone not up to a short climb and stairs between car and gate. Skimpy dress is not allowed but if you... More

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Paris, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

A great side-trip while in Piemonte, La Sacra is a window into the past of this region of Italy and the history of the European continent. During the Crusades, the basilica was considered a holy stop-over to and from Jerusalem. The fortification sits on a high hill above the Susa Valley and is a relatively short drive from Avigliana. The... More

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I am not religious at all and I am over "old churches on a hill", but this place was awesome. The inside of the churchy bit is the least impressive part. Its all the other stuff. Its a bit of a drive up the windy road (but nothing really if you have driven in the alps at all). The price... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My husband and I decided to drive to the Sacra Di San Michele. I realised that the location of the Church is not as shown on the Tripadvisor Map. I plugged the following address into the GPS : Via Sacra Di San Michele, Aviliagna and that got us there. There is a 10 minute hair-raising drive up to the top... More

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