Sacra di San Michele
Sacra di San Michele
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:45 AM - 4:30 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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4.5
2,116 reviews
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Very good
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Cecile G
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Friends
The parking is a rip off..only one machine for the different parking areas and the card reader did not work. Whatever money you put in it gave no change, so if you put in 20 euro that is what you paid for parking. The first hour was posted as 2.50 euro, I called the number on the parking ticket and no one answered. When I went to the ticket office in the Sacra the lady told me that it was not part of the Sacra so not her problem…when I told her that was not a service oriented attitude she kindly told me she had other work to do so buy a ticket or move on. For what they charge they should also update the public toilets as well. The hole in the ground that you stand over is reminiscent of the 70’s in Italy.
Written September 22, 2023
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Jeff G
Charlotte, NC89 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
I’m not a hiker but I loved this. The hike is a workout, but incredibly rewarding, both the hike and the opportunity to visit the Abbey. The Abbey itself is cool and the views are amazing. Try to make sure it’s a clear day. Easy 30 minute train ride from Torino Porta Nuova to Sant’Ambrogio stop. Quick walk through the village then begin hike behind the town church. Trail is well marked, but there is a transition where you come up to some homes maybe 2/3’s up where it isn’t completely obvious where to go. I’ve been to Torino a number of times and this is a must-do of you have the chance.
Written July 19, 2022
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DamCar65
99 contributions
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, Russia376 contributions
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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Chef K
12 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Amazing!! If you are there to experience Italia’s beautiful countryside and history then you MUST visit! If you can ad are physically fit enough do the day hike. Ride the train to Ambrogio from Torino (30 min. Ride) -and hike on up to the top! You will not be disappointed. Start with a full water bottle and there are 3 tasty mountain water fill ups along the way!
Written August 25, 2022
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Giulia O
Rio de Janeiro, RJ23 contributions
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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JustSomeoneWhoTravels
London, UK6 contributions
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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Vrtw
Amsterdam, The Netherlands432 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
This place is stunning and definitely worth the visit. This review is more for the visitors making (half)day train trip from Turin. You can get the train from Porto Nuevo station. They leave every 30mins and you can get your tickets from the machines. You get a ticket to Avigliana. The end station is Susa. The tickets cost €3,50 per way. When you get to the station at Avigliana after around 15mins a shuttle comes by. It cost €2 for a round trip and drops you at the parking lot. The pick up point is the same parking lot.
Written July 10, 2015
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Deborah M
Kent, OH42 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
Basically this is a church set way up on a mountain just to give you the idea. It offers one of the most breathtaking views and experiences I've had in Italy and I've had a-plenty. Unfortunately the church itself was bombed or something so inside it's not thrilling but the whole place IS thrilling and well worth your effort to get here. You can go home and brag to all your friends about this experience that many tourists miss. You can get there by car or by foot, that's it. On Sundays I believe there is some kind of bus--ask in Turin at the Info point across from Porta Nuova-- otherwise if you don't want to hoof it you have to take a cab. If you are youngish like me (I'm 46 and plan to grow up any time now) I really do advise walking up the mountain. What you do is take a train to Sant'Ambrogio (on the Susa and Bardonecchia lines), get off, walk down the main street, buy yourself a sandwich and something to drink because believe me, you will get hungry and thirsty on the way up, then take a right and a quick left behind a little cute church which is also worth a 2 minute glance. The path up is not difficult I suppose by mountain-climbing standards. I mean it's just a zig-zag partially cobbled path, but it's a pain when wet or even damp because those darn cobblestones can get slick. So DO wear appropriate shoes, DO wear layers you can peel off when you start sweating. It took me an hour to do the whole thing even allowing for a brief sandwich and beer stop on a bench along the way but I wasn't really hanging out at the stations of the cross either. I am spiritual but not Catholic. I have to say that by the time I got to the top I was ready to get to the top. Luckily there is a cafe there so you can stop and have a coffee and use the bathroom (be civil, the Signora was pretty irritated with a group of students who hadn't seemed to try very hard to aim for the toilet). And I don't know if it's pc to say this but the Signora has a very dreamy 30-something son so if you're lucky he will make an appearance and you can stare and wish you didn't have mascara dripping down your cheeks and little bugs stuck to your forehead. Spend some time just hanging out in the ruins, then steel yourself for the stairs, I think they are called Angel Stairs or something and they are not for the faint of heart. If you suffer from vertigo I believe there is an elevator. I made an embarrassing spectacle of myself by basically crawling up the stairs clutching the handrail while a few little old ladies raced by me with pitying looks. I tried to pray in the church but everyone was making such a racket I gave it up. I mean it's part religious part touristy. Do go here if you get a chance.
Written January 31, 2013
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carmen m
malta187 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Avigliana is only 45 mins away from Porta Nouva. The train destination is Bardonecchia. Obviously stop at Avigliana. Ticket costs 3.5 euro one way.
When you arrive in Avigliana station there is van that takes you all the way to the parking area.
From 15 May-16 October
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday
Price is only 2 euro both way....very cheap.
This are the time
Avigliana Sacro Di San Michele
9:30 10:10
11:00 11:40
14:40 15:10
16:30 17:10
18:00 18:40

Saco di San Michele Avigliana
10:15 10:55
12:30 13:10
15:15 16:00
17:15 17:55
18:45 19:30
The van leaves you at the parking area & there is a short walk.
You can catch the van back from the parking area.
You can also go on foot but it's a long walk (hike!!).
I don't recommend it but if you like walking, fit & have the day to spare then you decide.
Getting there the place is awesome.
Views are wow.
Definitely recommend this place.
Another thing ...even coffee (take away) is cheap

Written June 12, 2016
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