Basilica di Superga

Basilica di Superga, Turin

Basilica di Superga
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Sunshine37616
Dallas, Texas2 contributions
Tha Basilica di Superga is located on a small mountain in Turin. We tried to get to the basilica via a tram, located at the base of the mountain. The wait would have been an hour so we went up by car. On the way up you pass the Agnelli residence (of Fiat fame) and other prominent Torinese citizen's homes. The view from the top is incredible if somewhat marred by the air pollution in Turin. The church is quite beautiful and unique. It contains the remains of some of the most prominent members od the House of Savoy. The guided tour of the crypt is a must. Also a must is the memorial in back of the church where in 1948 the entire AC Torino soccer team perished when their plane crashed into the side of the mountain in fog. The team was returning from winning a champoinship of some sort or other and plunged the entire city into mourning. Souvenirs are cheap at Superga so don't wait to try and find these cheaper in the city.
Written September 6, 2004
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Getaway17072
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The view from the balconade is breathtaking
Written December 29, 2002
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,748 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
Just a little way outside the main heart of the tourist area at the end of Avenue Po, this large church is worth seeking out, although it's not one of the more impressive in the city. There is an elevator from the street level if you find the imposing stairs too daunting. Free to visit.
Written April 28, 2018
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Paulien from Belgium
19 contributions
Oct 2020
You are not allowed to visit the tombs of the basilique on your own. You need to go with an italian guide and it takes about 30 minutes. If you say you don't speak Italian, they give you a paper with some explanation about the tour that you can read during the tour. But, the explanation is not in the same order as the tour, as the numbers of the text also don't match with the numbers that you find within the tombs. How is this even possible??? A suggestion that I can do is that you update your 'folder' and also, give English speaking tourists the chance to go in with someone of the staff, even it is not a guide, even if this person doesn't speak English. You can still go in with tourists without speaking. That is better then that you have to listen to a language you don't understand and to wait all the time to be allowed to go to a next room. The tombs itself were very beautiful. The basilique is okay. Also, you can go up in the basilique and have a nice view. Worthed a visit! Buy the Piemonte card (35 euro), then you can visit these things 'for free'. Otherwise, it will cost you about 8 euros.
Written October 30, 2020
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Patricia M
Province of Rome, Italy95 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I was expecting this moment for 18 years. To pay homage to the Royals and the football team but most of all to admire the architecture of this important basilica.
We went there on 17 Feb 2020 to find the place closed with a note posted to entrance to the tomb chambers of the Royal Savoya which said that they only open on Saturday and Sundays.
What about all the businesses connected to this place? Restaurants, bars and B&B?
No maintenance to the lawns due to wild boar invasion ......
We were told that the custodian left and was not replaced. What is wrong with your admins?
How dare you keep this important place closed?????????
Written February 18, 2020
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Stephenie T
New York City, NY281 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
Just returned from a trip to Turin. The Superga was one of the top things on my list to see, but it was quite a disappointment. The tram was cool and old, but very slow. It does climb a really steep hill so I get the lack of speed. That was not the problem. Once we got up to the Superga you could go into the main section of the church, but that's it. Nothing was open. No tombs, no dome, not even the cafe. The 10 people that we too the tram up with were all just waiting to come back down since there was pretty much only 15 minutes worth of things to look at.

It was pretty and not a total waste of time, but since we only have a day and a half on the city I would have preferred to do something else we that morning.

Here's a tip- if you want a great view, without having to travel that far, go to the Mountain Museum instead. You don't even need to go in. Just walk up to the front platform and it's a great view of the city.
Written January 27, 2014
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Normanta
London, UK530 contributions
Sep 2013 • Business
Many visitors to the church take the rack tramway from Sassi (near terminus of route 15). It rises at a maximum 20% slope and takes 18 minutes in vintage tram cars. The tramway closes for maintenance onTuesdays.
The basilica is a short walk uphill from the upper tram terminus. Its huge portico is supported by massive Ionic columns (well not true Ionic as they lack fluting) and inside there is a towering dome. The reredos behind the altar is an unusual working in stone. It is obviously a baroque structure but a plain and simple version. There is little decorative art; it is a building that overwhelms by its size not its beauty.
Brave souls with good legs and knees can climb to the cupola.
Behind the basilica is a large building that looks like a monastery.
Written September 29, 2013
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77Andrea
Torino25 contributions
When in Turin, consider a visit to the Basilica di Superga, especially if the weather is nice and the view clear.
You can reach the Basilica mainly in two ways: historical cable car ( dentera) or by car.
With the dentera you can go up with the historical train and enjoy passing through the wood on the hill, by car you can consider to stop by the way and take nice pictures of the area. When at the Basilica enjoy the view and then take a tour around the church and stop by the monument for the flight accident occured to Torino soccer team player.
Written November 25, 2010
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TheFabRitz
Winterthur, Switzerland481 contributions
Jan 2020
must see is the cupolas top: the panorama from here shows everything that in Turin itself is hidden by the cities palaces. A stunningly ordered silhouette and behind it, millions of mountains rise up to the eye.
Written January 9, 2020
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gsm_dealer08
London, UK76 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Nice view from the top but the smog can block the details. The Basilica was very impressive. There is a restaurant and bar available.
Written October 7, 2019
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