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Preamble

 
The Basilica.
Superga


Any of you who want to travel to Turin, should definitely take a trip to the hill of Superga.

From his more than six hundred feet high, dominating the entire landscape and scenery.
On its summit the majestic Basilica looking for more than four years, the Po Valley and the Western Alps.
For Citizens Turinese superga is more than one vantage point is the passage in its history over the centuries.

Superga has witnessed the worst moments of the city, the French siege of 1706 and later, the tragic end of the greatest football team ever existed in Italy, the "Grande Torino".

Superga can be reached with a beautiful rack railway of ancient memory.
From the basilica you can take numerous paths, beautiful for those who descends down a mountain bike, crossing the "Natural Park of Superga."

Getting There

 
Ancient Railway
Ancient Railway


North Freeway of Turin (E64), exit Corso Regina Margherita.

Take the whole course in the direction of the river Po (east).
At once You have crossed the river, turn right in Corso Casale, direction Superga-San Mauro (North).

At about 2.5 miles away, you will find the location "Sassi", from where the rack railway for Superga.



Visualizza Sassi-Superga in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori



The rack tramway SASSI - SUPERGA

The historic rack tramway Sassi - Superga is unique in its kind in Italy. And 'the continuation of an old tradition iniziatasi April 26, 1884 with the first run made by the funicular built with the system Agudio: the train was driven by a motor driving a steel cable that ran parallel to the track of pulleys arranged along the path .

The railway Departure
Departure Station


The line was transformed in 1934 into rack tramway traction with a central rail and today, completely restored, offers visitors a journey of the past on the original carriages and an unforgettable view.

On the Way!
On the Way!


The route is 3,100 meters from the station Sassi (located in Turin in Piazza Modena, 225 meters above sea level) and the Superga station (650 meters above sea level). The total climb of 425 meters is topped with an average gradient of 13.5%, with peaks of 21% in the final stretch between Pian Gambino and the Station of Superga.

The arrival Station.
Arrival Station.


Prices
Full ticket:
Weekdays: € 4.00 one way, € 6.00 return race went
Saturday and holidays: € 6.00 one way, € 9.00 return race went

They leave every hour between 9.00 and 13.00, every half hour between 14.00 and 20.00.

 
When to pull were the horses!
Horses to Pull!
 
Ancient coach.
Ancient Coach

Basilica of Superga

 
The DOME.
The Dome


 
The pillars of Turin.
The Columns


HISTORY

Turin 1706. The city is invaded by the army of Louis XIV Franco-Spanish and Piedmontese troops, together with the allied troops in Austria, find themselves in trouble.
The Duke Vittorio Amedeo II and Prince Eugene of Savoy-Soisson, who lead the local army, ascend the hill of Superga to look down on the battlefield.
In a small church on the hill in front of the Statue of Our Lady of Grace, the Duke makes a vow: if he won, he would build in the same place a large church in honor of the Virgin.
After a hard battle the enemy army is defeated and the city liberated.
Vittorio Amedeo II does live up to its commitment, entrusting the construction of the Shrine of the Court architect, Filippo Juvarra. To realize the complex will be demolished and the existing church down the hill to forty meters.
In 1717 the first stone of the sanctuary, while the 'inauguration takes place fourteen years after, in 1731.

The complex of the Basilica of Superga, eighteenth-century architectural gem designed by Filippo Juvarra, for almost three centuries is an essential reference point for the people of Turin and tourists coming from all regions of Italy and abroad: a must for both the pilgrim for the art lover and history.

A spiral staircase allows those who want to enjoy a unique view over the city of Turin and the Alps, the climb to the Dome of the Basilica, a picturesque point of view of the surrounding Piedmont region.

To the basement of the Basilica means visit the royal tombs of the Savoy, precious mausoleum guardian of memories and sculptural works of art, artists active at the court of

Savoy between the half of the 700 and the 800, in an environment of rare suggestions Baroque.

The visitor can also take the rooms of 'Royal House and the King's Hall, located in the wings of the convent next to the church, it is five-furnished environments that have hosted the Savoy during short stays hill, on the occasion of annual events.

VISIT THE SAVOY ROYAL TOMBS

Full ticket € 4.00
Reduced ticket € 3.00

the visit lasts 45 minutes accompanied and supported by an explanation of the guides.


VISIT TO THE Juvarrian DOME

Ticket € 3.00
Reduced ticket € 2.00

The entrance to the Ascent to the Dome is located inside the Basilica di Superga.

A spiral staircase of 131 steps will take you on the balcony outside of the dome, where you can view down and admire the view of the city with its valleys and mountains. In

particular, on clear days, you will notice some of the major mountains of the Alps, as the Monviso, the Group dell'Orsiera, Rocciamelone, the Gran Paradiso, the Group of the

Apostles, the Tower of Lavina, and Monte Rosa with Doufour tip.



the Monastery.
The Monastery

GRANDE TORINO

GRAN TORINO
GRANDE TORINO football team


The Basilica & Turin




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