Things to Do in Tortona

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Things to Do in Tortona

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  • JDSC319
    San Clemente, CA182 contributions
    While not necessarily an architectural attraction (although it is a very nice church built in the 30s), Sanctuario Madonna della Guardia is one of three churches you should visit in Tortona (the other two are the Duomo and Santa Maria Canale). Luigi Orione, the priest who helped build this church, was canonized in 2004. Saint Luigi Orione was beloved in Tortona for his good works, including the orphanage and home for the aged that he built next to the church. As you tour the church you'll see sacred heart plaques along the stairway walls, each one attesting to a miracle that a congregant attributed to him. His body is on view in the church, there is a crypt below to explore, and some lovely stained glass. And, of course, there is the 60ft Madonna that tops the cathedral, that women of the parish helped gild by melting down their wedding rings.
    Written November 22, 2016
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  • 761someshg
    San Jose, CA7 contributions
    It is a gem of winery located half-way between our drive from Bellagio to Cinque Terre (one hour or so from Milan). We were hosted by the very hospitable owner Elisa who showed us around the vineyards and the wine making operation. This was followed by a round of wine tasting accompanies with their cheese and salami. Since I had to drive, I stuck to tasting their whites only (the pours were generous). The Timorasso wines are the star here - full bodied and delicious on a warm day. The cheese and salami were excellent as well.

    Since I was traveling with carry-on baggage, I was able to buy only one bottle of the il Montino and enjoyed it for a couple of days. I will have to look around for it in the US now.
    Written June 30, 2019
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  • JDSC319
    San Clemente, CA182 contributions
    I'm sure that on a sunny day visiting the Castello gives you a fantastic 360 view of the area--so don't miss it on a good day. I'd rate it higher if we had been there on a sunny day. We visited on a very foggy day, however, so, we really just experienced the ruins and the nice walk around the perimeter road. There is a QR code that should provide historical information about the tower on your phone, but it didn't work for us. It IS interesting to see how high and thick the walls were and the walk is pretty, even in the fog.
    Written November 22, 2016
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  • Popeyebird
    Saint Paul, MN497 contributions
    Unusual Catholic Church and if I read Italian I would understand the historical value of it and its leader. Very interesting side alters. Never have seen a depiction of St Michael the Arcangel at a church before let alone dedicate to him. Worth a visit as it doesn’t take up much time.
    Written October 15, 2018
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  • JDSC319
    San Clemente, CA182 contributions
    If you're visiting just for the day, this is one of three churches you may wish to visit, the others being the Duomo and Sanctuario Madonna della Guardia. Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Canali is beautiful inside, with decoration added in the early 20th century. The church also includes more historical elements, including columns dating to the 1100s and fresco fragments from the 1500s. It's really quite lovely.
    Written November 21, 2016
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  • Magellano81
    Tortona, Italy41,158 contributions
    St. James church in my humble opinion is the most underrated church in the city, it has a very important history having first dated around the fifteenth century or something like that, I had read that previously had been a Templar church, after which over the centuries had undergone renovation works making it a beautiful example of baroque church. From the narrow road in fact you can see the beautiful Baroque façade, inconvenience given the proximity of the building opposite which does not allow a clean and crisp picture of this beautiful church. However the interior is very nice.
    Written September 3, 2015
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  • Magellano81
    Tortona, Italy41,158 contributions
    It's been always the symbol of the city of Tortona, this attraction recently opened to the public can be visited inside and up to the top balcony. Open on selected days, there is a sign at the entrance showing the opening times. Excellent panoramic view, I think it is the highest point of Tortona, still higher than the statue of the shrine of the Vergin Mary.
    Anyway, the beautiful tower but especially also the surrounding area is well maintained, a pride of the city.
    Written September 3, 2015
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  • Magellano81
    Tortona, Italy41,158 contributions
    Another of the many churches in the city, a small church located along the central Via Emilia, not far from the cathedral square. I visited this church recently, is not among the most beautiful in the city, however, holds within it a historical relic of great importance or a bas-relief dedicated to one of the last Roman emperors, exactly dead in Tortona. A finding of important historical value. The church itself is not all that important and even has special artistic content. A short visit of 5 minutes is absolutely due.
    Written September 3, 2015
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  • Magellano81
    Tortona, Italy41,158 contributions
    In order of importance and architectural beauty are undoubtedly opposed to this new type of churches. I'm personally a lover of old styles, this church instead is nothing but a building a little 'futuristic. I came here though rarely due to being a bit far from the centre and even because it's a modern architecture style I love. Where is the art?
    Written September 3, 2015
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  • JDSC319
    San Clemente, CA182 contributions
    This lovely 16th century cathedral is well worth the visit on its own, but for those with either a strong Christian faith or interest in the Knights Templar, it's particularly intriguing. It purports to hold a piece of the Cross of Christ, left behind by the Knights Templar during the period they occupied the region. But where is it in the Duomo? Ah, we spent the better part of an hour searching for it. It was only when we stepped into a nearby bar and our local friend recognized the priest at the next table that we got the answer. There is a cross located on the right side of the church behind wrought iron. The Croce di Cristo is embedded in this cross. Check it out. It's a neat bit of history or legend, depending on your perspective.
    Written November 20, 2016
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  • DerbyGrandad
    Derby, UK225 contributions
    Tortona is just off the Autostrada between Milan and Genova so it's a convenient location for a nice overnight stay if you need one. The square is not exactly magnificent but is faced by attractive colonnaded buildings with shops cafes and restaurants with smaller streets running off. For me it was just right for a pleasant evening before resuming my journey the following day.
    Written September 24, 2015
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