Sant’Ambrogio di Torino
Pack some comfy shoes to hike up to the Sacra Cuore di San Michele (trust me, the view is worth it!)
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What’s There to See?
Want to see how most Italians live?
Then a trip to Sant’Ambrogio di Torino is for you! Take a break from the city and see how many families live their day-to-day lives. Of all the small towns on the list, this one has the most authentic feel to it; there aren’t many tourist attractions except for the Sacra Cuore di San Michele.
It’s not a skiing or hiking destination; it’s just a quaint town that visitors either don’t know exists, or they happen to stumble upon it. Devout Christians may recognize this town as its part of the Christian pilgrimage.
The Sacra di San Michele was originally constructed under Benedictine Rule but is now controlled by the Rosminians (no, that’s not a type. The Rosmians are not to be confused with the Romans).
Within the complex, you’ll find the Monks’ Sepulchre which is modeled after the Holy Sepulchre found in Jerusalem. As soon as you see the view of this amazing hilltop abbey, you’ll want to get off the train and explore!
But there’s more to Sant’Ambrogio di Torino than just the Sacra Cuore. When you roam the town center, you’ll notice plenty of medieval towers and the remains from the church of San Pietro, dating back to the 11th century.
How to Get There
Hop on a local train from Porta Nuova — you’ll get to Sant’Ambrogio di Torino in just 30 minutes for under 4 euros. The bus runs hourly at every 45-minute mark on the clock. Check Omio for your best options.
Alternatively, you can reach Sant’Ambrogio di Torino by bus, though the journey will be a bit slower and not as sightly as the train.
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