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The Sacra of San Michele, an imposing religious architectural complex of Romanesque times, was founded around 1000 A.D. is the symbolic monument of the Piemonte (Piedmont) Region since 1994. Founded as a Benedictine abbey, it is one of the oldest places of worship dedicated to the Arcangelo Michele (Archangel Michael); the Rosminians fathers are its current custodians.

From the east, the cult of the Archangel spread and developed into the Mediterranean regions, particularly in Italy, where it united with the expansion of Christianity. In the fifth century on the promontory of the Gargano rose the most ancient and most famous place of worship of the west, the Santuario (Sanctuary) of San Michele in Monte Sant'Angelo.

The cult of San Michele arrived in Val di Susa (Susa Valley) in the V or VI centuries, the abbey was located in a highly evocative setting and recalls the two micaelici (of Archangel Michael) settlements of the Gargano and of Normandy. Founded on the rocky spur of Mount Pirchiriano, it is located in the middle of a pilgrimage route of more than two thousand kilometers that unites almost all of Western Europe from Mont-Saint-Michel to Monte Sant'Angelo. 

From the entrance floor you reach the church through a wide and steep staircase in the central niche where until 1936 there were some skeletons of monks kept, hence the name of Scalone dei Morti (Stairway of the Dead). When you reach the top of the Scalone (stairway), you will cross the Portale dello Zodiaco (Zodiac Portal), a Romanic work sculpted by the Maestro Nicolao, the jambs are carved to the right with the twelve zodiacal signs and to the left with the southern and boreal constellations. The historical and symbolic capitals of Caino (Cain) and Abele (Abel) are of considerable value.

Via alla Sacra, 14
10057 Sant'ambrogio Di Torino TO
011 939130

Opening times

From March to October

  • From Monday to Friday: 9.30 am – 12.00 pm / 2.30 pm – 5.30pm
  • Saturday: all-day opening 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • Sunday: all-day opening 9.30 am – 5.30pm (from 11.15 am to 1 pm entry only for the Saint Mass)
  • Public holidays: (Easter Monday, 25th April, 1st May, 2nd June): all-day opening 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
  • 15th August: all-day opening 9.30 am – 6.30 pm (from 11.15 am to 1 pm entry only for the Saint Mass)
  • July and August: from Monday to Sunday all-day opening 9.30 am – 6.30 pm.

Winter time – from November to February

  • From Monday to Friday: 9.30 am – 12.00 pm / 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Saturday: all-day opening 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Sunday & 1st November, 8th December, 1st January, 6th January: all-day opening 9.30 am – 4.30 pm  (from 11.30 am to 1 pm the entry is allowed only for the participation to the Saint Mass)
  • Public holidays (26th December): all-day opening 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • 25th December: 9.30 am – 12.00 pm / 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm (from 11.30 am entry is allowed for the participation to the solemn Christmas Mass)

Ticket prices

Free entry 
  • Children up to 6 years old
  • Authorised Tour guides on duty
  • Holders of museums subscription, Piedmont Card and Piedmont Card Jr., upon presentation of personal card.

Reduced price 

6-18 years and over 65

Visit information

Availability for group visits
Reservations for groups
Availability for fixed time visits
Schedule for fixed time visits 
Sunday afternoons, and afternoons of the public holidays. Every 30 minutes starting from 2.30 pm until 5.00 pm during summer, and up to 4.00 pm during winter. Tour in Italian.
Telephone for group visits 
+39 011 939130
Telephone for fixed time visits 
+39 011 939130


Accessible to disabled visitors
Notices for disabled 

Reduced price for disabled people and carers upon presentation of identity card

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