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Sacra di San Michele, Sant'Ambrogio di Torino

(4.7/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited the place in a stormy day. So we couldn't enjoy the view mentioned by the other reviews. Yet the clouds that shrouded the sacred appeared to give an air of mystique to the place even more. Beautiful! Think about the time you have the first mure is creepy. Amazing to see where the Holy was built, thinking of when and with what means! Inside the church you can see a column is placed right on top of the mountain where rock is also indicated the height of nearly one thousand metres above sea level. Practically have managed to build a church on top and around the top wrapping it: Rocky Mountain walls are part of the structure of the Sacra di San Michele. The short road closed to traffic to reach the sacred from the parking lot to the car that seems to want to presipsorre inwardly pilgrims before arrival. This road is paved and ends near the so-called Tomb of the monks, the ruins of a Romanesque church. XII, from here to proceed for about 200 m on steeper cobbled path and arrive at mure delimiting the sacred and right after at the box office. Just wish the oldest and existing chapels to Holy (one of the 300 a.d.) are not accessible.
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  • After a few years returned with friends to visit the Holy. We chose a tour accompanied by volunteers trained and fell in love with the place. A thank you for their research work and maintenance. It costs 10 euro definitely well spent. Please note that the ticket is perhaps one of the few entries in the maintenance of the sacred Recommended. go to x dates and times of guided tours.
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  • It is an amazing venue; isolated and mighty, on top of a mountain high 962 which occupies the entire Summit. But how do they build some wonders with the means of the era? Gorgeous scenery; It really touches the sky with a finger. The regret is to note that the original building remained very little, but just to make it clear as it should be! The restorations were made with care and do not distort the magic of architectural complex. Visit to do in the wake of a guide on the vicissitudes of the place ...
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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