Guided tour

From Turin: Half-Day Medieval Sacra di San Michele Tour

4.6 / 5

42 reviews

Activity provider: SOMEWHERE TOURS&EVENTS

From Turin: Half-Day Medieval Sacra di San Michele Tour

Activity provider: SOMEWHERE TOURS&EVENTS

From US$ 47.40 per person

Journey to one of the most beautiful abbeys in Europe and discover the inspiration for Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose." Enjoy stunning views of the valley and mountains of the Italian Alps from the top of the Sacra di San Michele.

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Duration 5 hours
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Italian, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the abbey that inspired Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose"
  • Discover an iconic symbol of Piedmont
  • Benefit from a private coach transfer from Turin
Full description
Depart Turin and journey to the Sacra di San Michele by private coach, and get ready to experience one of the most beautiful abbeys of the Italian Alps. You can choose either a private or shared experience for this tour. Famous worldwide as the inspiration for Umberto Eco’s bestselling novel "The Name of the Rose" (and for the film adaptation starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater), the Sacra di San Michele is regarded as one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. It was founded on the summit of Mount Pirchiriano and overlooks the valley of the Val di Susa with breathtaking views of the Alps. To reach the marble "Doorway of the Zodiac" (Porta dello Zodiaco) visitors must climb 243 steps, but the unique view from the top is worth it. Discover the whimsical 12th-century "Doorway of the Zodiac" and look closer at its putti (cherubs) pulling at each other’s hair. Marvel at the steep stone staircase known as the "Staircase of the Dead" with its 18-meter high pillar that supports the floor of the church and the tower of the "Bell'Alda." Get an astonishing view of the valley and the "Via Francigena" before the return journey to Turin
Includes
  • Transportation by private coach
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Piazza Solferino, in front of Alfieri Theathre

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 42 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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We loved the tour to the Sacra di San Michele! Our guide Donatella, truly exceptional, accompanied us all along the way starting together from Turin. Perfect organization, very satisfied! The Sacra di San Michele is truly magical, the bad weather that characterized the morning however contributed to making the atmosphere special!

May 9, 2022

October 6, 2022

The perfect way to see the monastery, - were picked up from the hotel, smooth to the monastery, knowledgeable and pleasant guide, were at Sacra Di San Michele by ourselves, before the tourists came, beautiful and memorable place.

September 29, 2022

Product ID: 67113