A treasure trove in Superga Hill Park
The Basilica of Superga is an architectural jewel within walking distance of Turin's historic centre.
Nestled in the Natural Park of the Superga Hill, the religious building is almost three centuries old and a must-see destination when visiting the Piedmontese capital.
It was erected at the behest of King Victor Amadeus II as thanks to the Virgin Mary for the victory over the French after the siege of Turin. It is still striking today for its Baroque dome, by Filippo Juvarra, flanked by its two symmetrical bell towers. After climbing the 131 steps of the spiral staircase, you reach the exterior balcony of the dome, which opens onto a breathtaking view of Turin and the Alps.
The building's basement is also impressive, housing the Royal Tombs of the House of Savoy in the richly decorated crypt.
At the back of the Basilica stands the Convent, from whose cloister you can access the Hall of the Popes. Portraits on canvas of all the pontiffs in history are kept here. The Convent then leads to the royal apartments of the Savoy family.
Lastly, on the square to the right of the Basilica, there is a monument dedicated to King Umberto I of Savoy.