Sacra di San Michele

Sacra di San Michele, Sant'Ambrogio di Torino: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Sacra di San Michele Reviews: 4.5/5

Sacra di San Michele
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
This monument is a symbol of Piedmont Region and a place that inspired the writer Umberto Eco to conceive the best-seller “Il nome della rosa” ( The name of the rose ) , the Sacra of San Michele is an ancient abbey built between 983 and 987 on the top of mount Pirchiriano, 40 km from Turin. From it’s towers you can admire Turin and a breathtaking view of the Val di Susa. Inside the main Church of the Sacra, dating from the twelfth century, are buried members of House of Savoy (one of the oldest royal family in the world). Dedicated to the cult of the Archangel Michele, defender of the Christian people, the Sacra di San Michele fits inside a ruote of pilgrimage (long over 2000 km) wich runs from Saint-Michel ( France ) to Monte Sant’Angelo (Puglia). The history, the spiritual value and the landscape that sorrounds it trasform the Sacra in a special destination for visitors from all over the world.
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Giulia O
Rio de Janeiro, RJ23 contributions
Beautiful Day Trip!
Sep 2020 • Family
Beautiful church highly elevated. You need to have a minimum level of fitness as there is a part where you must walk about 10 minutes as well as lots of stairs. Beautiful, historical church, highly recommended a visit !
Written September 20, 2020
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Michele
London, UK5 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jul 2020 • Couples
If you’re in Piedmont for a few days, and you have a car, this is something to see.

The road leading there offers a great landscape and the complex built by monks is incredible, it really makes you wonder what a huge endeavour it must have been (you’ll understand once there, teaching the location and transport all the necessary materials was a arduous task).

We really liked the complex, greats views from there and enjoyable terracing outside to chill and maybe have a snack/ice cream while lying on the grass.
Written July 12, 2020
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DamCar65
89 contributions
breathtaking!
Sep 2019
When travelling France <> Italy, I often go via the Montgenèvre pass (on the Briançon/Turin road) and could see this monastery from the motorway. So for once, I made time to visit and was very moved. Absolutely wonderful. But as many have said – be prepared to walk, even if you come by car! Monastery founded in the late 900’s (so, over 1,000 years ago!) and was for many years under the Benedictine rule (currently with the Rosminians). Most of the monastery is in ruins (except the chapel), but you can still get a sense of the grandeur of the place. It is one of seven monasteries dedicated to St Michael linking Skellig Michael (Ireland) to Jerusalem. Saint Michael’s Mount (Cornwall, UK) and Mont Saint Michel (Normandy, France) are also part of the series. Take time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the views. Surprisingly the gift shop and the café are not overpriced. Certainly will visit again and perhaps will make it a day-trip, walking from the valley floor.
Written March 28, 2020
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Muliwe
Moscow, Russia302 contributions
You shold visit it
Jan 2020
Very ancient abbey in the center of Val di Susa is vicible from the freeway so you can't miss it. Nice place to visit in the middle of a vacation but be ready to walk along from the parking, it's very distant and placed more lower than the ground level of the abbey. Has a wonderfull view down to the valley, and just before the sunset it's perfect for selfies. Gift shop on the exit has a cheap prices so don't miss it.
Written January 18, 2020
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rtk75
Redding, CT10 contributions
Sacra di San Michele
Dec 2019 • Friends
The most beautiful serene place!!! It was awe inspiring, one of the 7 sanctuaries linked by a straight line representing the legendary Sword of St. Michael the Archangel.
Written December 12, 2019
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Amnon F
Tel Aviv District, Israel783 contributions
Unbelievable
Oct 2019
You can spot the monastery from very far but as you get closer your jaw drops. First the road going up is amazing especially at this time of the year when autumn leaves are coloring everything in orange and yellow.
There is a 800 meters relatively steep walk to the gate followed by lots of stairs which bring you up to the abbey. I couldn’t grasp the amazing architecture and building capabilities of people hundreds of years ago without the technology we have today. The huge fortified buildings the endless staircases the perfect arches and flying buttresses..... simply one big WOW.
And then you look out at the view stretched down below and you can’t stop admiring the mountains valleys and rivers
Certainly one of the highlights of the Turin area
Written October 16, 2019
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MLG
New York368 contributions
Breathtaking views!
Sep 2019
So happy we made a pit stop at this gorgeous place, even if it was a little out of the way. There are a lot of stairs and inclines to walk up, fair warning. But the views from the top are 100% worth it!
Written October 12, 2019
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Florian K
Perth, Australia9 contributions
Fantastic place
May 2019
Stunning view and magical place! Great to walk up there. We loved the view from the top. Would highly recommend it.
Written May 23, 2019
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Edgar I
San Diego, CA1,115 contributions
The walk was well worth it!
Apr 2019 • Couples
On our way to France, we decided to visit this monastery. The uphill walk was well worth it which gave us an incredible view from the site. The chapel on the very top of the monastery was the epitome of holiness where one can meditate and pray. A must see when in Torino.
Written May 14, 2019
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LoveToTravel524
Santa Cruz, CA1,159 contributions
Amazing Abbey and Incredible views of the Italian alps
Apr 2019 • Couples
After a 2 night stay in Torino, we picked up a rental car and drove to the Basilica di Superga and then on to Sacra di San Michele before heading to our 2 night stay in Alba in the heart of the Piedmont wine hill towns. The Sacra was a breath taking sight from both the position on top of the mountain and the views it afforded of the Italian alps and valleys below.
Written May 1, 2019
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