Basilica of Superga

Perched high above Turin, the Basilica of Superga stands as a majestic testimony to faith, art, and history, offering both spiritual solace and breathtaking panoramic views of the Piedmont region. Read more

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Commissioned by Vittorio Amedeo II, the Duke of Savoy, the Basilica of Superga was built as a vow of gratitude following his victory over the French in 1706. Designed by the acclaimed architect Filippo Juvarra, the basilica is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Its grand dome and twin bell towers are distinctive features that can be seen from miles away. The basilica is not just an architectural wonder; it also holds significant historical and cultural importance. The tombs of many members of the House of Savoy lie here, and the site is also a somber reminder of the 1949 air disaster that took the lives of the entire Torino football team.
The Basilica of Superga is a harmonious blend of spirituality, history, and nature. A visit here provides an enriching experience, leaving visitors with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for Italy's cultural heritage.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Basilica of Superga

The Royal Tombs

The mausoleum of the House of Savoy, this area within the basilica houses the final resting places of numerous dukes, princes, and kings, chronicling the lineage of one of Europe's oldest royal families.

The Dome

Dominating the basilica's structure, the dome offers an architectural spectacle from both inside and out, reflecting Juvarra's genius.

Panoramic Terrace

Accessible by climbing the basilica's dome, this vantage point offers unrivaled views of Turin, the Po Valley, and, on clear days, the Alps.

The Grand Staircase

A sweeping double-flight staircase that showcases the grandeur and elegance of Baroque design.

Memorial of the Grande Torino

A poignant tribute to the Torino football team, this memorial remembers the tragic air crash of 1949 which claimed 31 lives.

The Superga Rack Railway

An enjoyable way to reach the basilica, this historic tramway offers a scenic journey up the hill, enhancing the overall experience.

The Royal Apartments

Once the retreat of the Savoy family, these rooms showcase period furniture and offer insights into the lives of the royals.

Frescoed Interiors

The basilica's interiors are adorned with beautiful frescoes and artworks, narrating biblical stories and celebrating the Christian faith.

Guided Tours

Dive deeper into the history and architecture of the basilica with expert-guided tours, shedding light on lesser-known facts and stories.

Surrounding Natural Beauty

The basilica's hilltop location is amid lush greenery, offering serene pathways and spots to relax and contemplate.

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In and around Basilica of Superga

Torino (6.43 km)

Turin, the former seat of kings, is an Italian city rich in history and culture, famous for its historic cafes, magnificent palaces and prestigious museums.

Piedmont (19.97 km)

Nestled at the foot of the Alps, Piedmont, or Piemonte in Italian, is a region of Italy that whispers the legacy of a royal past, tempts with its unrivaled culinary treasures, and mesmerizes with its natural alpine beauty.

Asti Cathedral (39.3 km)

In the heart of Piedmont's historic city of Asti stands its majestic Cathedral, a resplendent example of Lombard-Gothic architecture. With its intricate façade and awe-inspiring interiors, it beckons lovers of history and art.

Fort Bard (58.64 km)

Within the Aosta Valley, Fort Bard is a majestic sentinel watching over the Alps. More than a fortress, this revitalized structure now stands as a beacon of cultural and historical significance, offering breathtaking vistas and immersive experiences.

Fort Bard (58.64 km)

Fort Bard, is a fortified complex built in the 19th century by the House of Savoy on a rocky prominence above Bard, a town and comune in the Aosta Valley region of northwestern Italy.

Cittadella of Alessandria (68.5 km)

Guarding the fertile plains of Piedmont, the Cittadella of Alessandria stands as an imposing star-shaped fortress. A symbol of military prowess, its vast ramparts and intricate gateways echo tales of past sieges, battles, and strategic importance.

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