Time Travel at the Monumental Cemetery of Turin

The last and peculiar frontier in tourism is discovering the most fascinating and ancient cemeteries in Italy.These special and unusual places full of poetry, history and poignant beauty are part of our heritage and worth to be known and appreciated : silent places of memory, art and melancholy beauty. Torino, the most “metaphysical” and misterious Italian city could not be absent !

The itinerary is the result of a collaboration between Somewhere tour operator (www.somewhere.it- known for its tours Magic Turin and Underground Turin), Emanuela Moroni, tourist guide (www.guideonyourside.com), Cavourese bus company (www.cavourese.it) and, last but not least, Ms Renata Santoro, in charge for events and visits at the Monumental Cemetery of Torino.

Our tour is having a big success thanks to two main factors:

*late afternoon opening “behind closed doors” when the atmosphere of the site shows an inspiring and special beauty

*the electrical, innovative and ecofriendly minibus, “Ecocity bus”. It’s unique of its kind in Italy: the small “ecobus” drives visitors inside the Monumental Cemetery for our Travel back in Time and History, it ‘s discreet, moves slowly and silently according to the most sustainable trends with zero impact on the environment

We named the tour “Time Travel at the Monumental Cemetery” for stressing the importance of the exclusive opening at sunset when the site shows at its best the eternal and sad beauty and everything turns into a different, poetical light. Moreover by bus the tour can last longer considering the rich heritage of the place

The itinerary enhances the concept of the “city of the dead” absolutely symmetrical to the “city of the living”: the Monumental Cemetery of Torino boasts kilometres and kilometres of splendid and ancient arcades reminding the ones of the city centre. Here the important persons of Torino rest forever : beauty, fame and glory are here displayed like in an open air museum with great funeral monuments realized by artists and sculptors of the Academy of fine Arts. There are replicas of famous ancient tombs such as the so called “ Etruscan couple” whose original version dates back to the 4th century a.C.

There is a “universe” of angels in Art Nouveau style or symbols hidden in the depths of history; there is the touching tomb of Laura Vigo, the little girl with a hula hoop , sculpted in 1908 by the well known artist Pietro Canonica. The young girl is mentioned in a curious legend told by the journalist Renzo Rossotti in one of his books about Torino’s traditions and legends.

The tour is promoted on Somewhere’s website www.somewhere.it , on social media,on the tourist board office’s website www.turismotorino.org and thanks to the partnership with travel agents and web portals.

The itinerary starts just before sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m.

Meeting point: Piazza Castello (via Garibaldi side)

Cost: 25 euro

Info and reservations: www.somewhere.it


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