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

USD 49



Escape to a breathtaking European abbey, famously inspiring Umberto Eco's literary masterpiece, "The Name of the Rose". As you venture to this stunning sacred site, be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring vistas of the Italian Alps and the picturesque valley below, particularly from the lofty heights of the Sacra di San Michele.

Leave Turin behind and embark on a private coach journey to the breathtaking Sacra di San Michele, one of the most stunning abbeys in the Italian Alps. Choose from a private or shared experience, tailored to your preferences. This majestic abbey is renowned worldwide for its architectural grandeur and literary fame, having inspired Umberto Eco's bestselling novel "The Name of the Rose" and its film adaptation starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. As one of Europe's most remarkable examples of Romanesque architecture, the Sacra di San Michele is an absolute must-see. Perched on the summit of Mount Pirchiriano, the abbey offers heart-stopping views of the Val di Susa valley and the majestic Alps. To reach the exquisite "Doorway of the Zodiac", a masterpiece of 12th-century craftsmanship, you'll need to ascend 243 steps, but the panoramic views from the top are more than worth the effort. Admire the whimsical carvings of cherubs (putti) playfully tugging each other's hair, and marvel at the steep stone staircase known as the "Staircase of the Dead", supported by an impressive 18-meter high pillar that holds up the floor of the church and the soaring tower of the "Bell'Alda". Take in the breathtaking vista of the valley and the ancient "Via Francigena" before returning to Turin.