Guided tour

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

4.7 / 5

38 reviews

Activity provider: SOMEWHERE TOURS&EVENTS

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

Activity provider: SOMEWHERE TOURS&EVENTS

From US$ 44.12 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 4 - 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup optional
Please wait in your hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available

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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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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

4.7 /5

based on 38 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

Everything is right to the description, and very punctual. The guide was very friendly, helpful, amazing knowledge and enthusiasm.

September 26, 2022

Great experience, in spite of the weather.

August 26, 2022

Product ID: 67113