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Sacra di San Michele, Sant'Ambrogio di Torino
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Admire the marble "Porta dello Zodiaco," a 12th-century masterpiece, at Sacra di San Michele. Until recent times, skeletons of dead monks were visible at this large religious complex atop of Mount Pirchiriano. You can still walk up the Stairway of the Dead, which is flanked by arches and tombs. Explore the grounds of the Romanesque church and discover ruins from a monastery and an ancient church. After the winding drive to this area, you'll need to take a short, steep walk up from the parking lot. You must wear modest clothing to enter; you can borrow a shawl to cover your shoulders. Plan to visit Sacra di San Michele and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sant'Ambrogio di Torino attractions using our Sant'Ambrogio di Torino tour planner.
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  • You get (apart from in the car) comfortable by train to Sant Ambrogio and then a walk passing even the quaint little country. The KJV is very nice and well trained guides. Very good!
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  • the sacra di san michele is located on a rocky outcrop high almost a thousand meters in a spectacular location. the panorama at 360° is magnificent, on a clear day you can see even the superga basilica! in half an hour, 40 minutes from Turin is easily accessible by car. just below the Abbey there are indeed easy parking which is 10 minutes from access. for those with mobility impairments have been placed 3 elevators and ramps that make the site accessible. better in this case contact before the structure to agree and get help. where there is parking, not very large, there is a path leading, 10-minute walk to the quarry from which was adapted into the stone for the building of the complex. going up to the Abbey you can read 4 or 5 short boards that give essential information on its construction, the type of rocks on which it lies-of oceanic origin-and the presence of chamois in the surroundings. included in the entrance fee there is a guided tour that I think I understand is carried out only on Saturday and Sunday. during the week provides a small Guide and turns freely. explanations are in different languages. being gone by Sunday, I took advantage of the guided tour of about one hour and 20 made by a volunteer knowledgeable-volunteers maintain the sacred along with the only two monks currently present-who introduced us in the history of this place, starting from its origins, in 800, when there were only 3 small chapels, to switch to the construction period of the Church just before the year 1000 at its heyday in 1100 and its decline that started in 1300 and ending with its closure in 1622 and its revival in mid 800 by order of Charles Albert of Sardinia. the tour begins near the entrance door, below the Church. is shown and described the great Michaelmas flanking the door and you enter to climb the staircase of the dead, so called because until the 30 were skeletons of monks. You can see two frescoed tombs of noblemen who wanted to be buried here and a beautiful Romanesque portal with capitals carved with biblical scenes. it comes out again to do some steps under the flying buttresses made in mid twentieth century and enter the Church, where you can see the tip of the mountain, beneath one of the columns. in the apse, engraved in stone, the 4 evangelists with their symbols, the Annunciation and the doctors of the Church. all around a dozen frescoes by a Piedmontese painter in 1500 and a few paintings, two of which by defendente ferrari. it comes out then the other side and you can see a small room with votive offerings and the remains of the 5-storey structure collapsed in 1600. the guide will tell the legends of beautiful alda and the construction of the Abbey through the work of a monk who was on the mountain opposite-in fact the building was commissioned by a French nobleman-. further down a staircase built for the Jubilee and you can enter the area of the ruins, cleaned up, to see a part of the old cable car, a small 19th century building used for military purposes and an ice chest. in the complex there is also a Museum of daily life, a cloister and a library but unfortunately it is possible to visit only the first Saturday of the month at 16 and at 16.30. tickets cost € 8. free for owners of Museum subscription. for the special visit of the first Saturday of the month the rate rises to 10. Unfortunately the winter timetables, valid until 15 March, are somewhat reduced but still enough to see everything if you get there for the opening. -Tuesday to Saturday: 9.30-12.30; 14.30-17.00; -Sunday and bank holidays: 9.30-12.00; 14.30-17.30. I think the tours are continuous, especially in case of high turnout. the Guide recommends the winter period for visits. but also spring and fall injury definitely satisfactions. to avoid days like Easter and ferragosto, because overcrowding does not allow you to fully enjoy the silence and calm that the site requires. in the structure near the ticket booth from 8 December to 5 January you can also see the small exhibition of Nativity scenes in the world. alongside the traditional Nativity 3 great posts in the middle and at the bottom of the Hall are visible many small Nativity scenes from africa, from South america, from haiti, from russia, etc. and things kinda like those in salt dough, paintings on tropical seeds, made into cups or in a trullo, manufactured with recycled cardboard or figurines placed on a phone ... the two elderly caretakers are funny and lead to the discovery of the cribs more details. one part comes from their collection of over 100 exhibits, bought during their travels or donated them to friends and family. admission is free and is open Saturday and Sunday during the opening of the sacred. From 12/24/16 to 1/8/17 the exhibition is open daily. all around the walls of the Hall drawings depicting the city, made by luzzati. well maintained and cleaned the bathrooms next to the ticket office, where you will find numerous souvenirs. highly recommended a visit!!
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  • Book a sunny and clear skies, if it's cold it doesn't matter and then climbs in Susa Valley to the Sacra di San Michele, monument symbol of Piedmont. A millennial construction, impressive and beautiful, where architecture defies time and spirit you rebuild between the landscape and the solemnity of the church run by the Rosminian fathers,
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  • Places like this Sanctuary make you wonder how 100s or years ago humanity was able to create such mesmerizing monuments in such harsh locations. An amazing place which is worth visiting.
  • Astonishing: the combination of such a massive ancient building and wonderful surrounding landscape, especially when the weather is good and one has a full view of the mountains and valley around, is simply breathtaking!
  • Outstanding place, the views from the top are amazing, the history even more so.
  • This is one of the most beautiful places in the surrounding area of Torino. Take the train from Porta Nuova to Sant Ambrogio (A small town at the base of the Sacra)and take the beautiful old mule trail up to the Sacra. The trail is steep but if you are in good shape it should take you about an hour and a half. You follow the stations of the cross to the small town of San Pietro and then hike the very last bit to the Parking lot of the Sacra. Several fountains are available so just bring a bottle to fill up on your way up. You can also rent a car and drive all the way there too although it is less fun. The sacra itself is stunning and the views of the Susa valley are incredible. You will not be disappointed. There is a restaurant up top but pack a picnic to eat on the grounds and enjoy the view.
  • Nice view