The tramway that starts from Borgo Sassi and goes up and down the hill of Superga, better known in Piedmont with the name of Dentera. It is a very suggestive experience in an old-fashioned charm with old-style carriages of a red / cream color, wooden doors and large windows to fully enjoy the panorama.
Tranvia da Borgo Sassi a Superga History
Superga is one of the highest hills of Turin (with its 672 meters above sea level) from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the river, the city and the Alps that embrace the Piedmontese capital. Some say it is the most beautiful view of Turin and indeed the view from the hill really leaves you speechless. At the top of the hill is one of the most important attractions of Turin and Piedmont, the Basilica di Superga, a Baroque style work by the famous architect Filippo Juvarra.
If you are in Turin for a holiday you can not go to Superga to visit the basilica, for the view and also to cover the stretch that goes up from Turin up (just over 3 kilometers) with the famous Tranvia Sassi-Superga.
The historic Sassi - Superga denture tramway is unique in Italy of its kind. It is the continuation of a centuries-old tradition that began on April 26, 1884 with the first ride made by the funicular built with the Agudio system: the train was driven by a motor driving a steel cable that ran parallel to the track on pulleys along the route . The line was then transformed, in 1934, into a denture tramway with central rail traction and today, completely restored, offers visitors a journey of the past on the original carriages and an unforgettable panorama.
The route runs for 3,100 meters between the Sassi station (located in Turin in Piazza Modena, 225 meters above sea level) and the Superga station (650 meters above sea level). The total difference in height of 425 meters is exceeded with an average gradient of 13.5%, with peaks of 21% in the final stretch between Pian Gambino and the Superga Station. Upon arrival in Superga you can admire a splendid view of Turin and the Alps, visit the Basilica of Superga built by Juvarra and the royal tombs of the Savoy.
The ticket office is located inside the Sassi station, inside which you can visit the historical tram museum, while inside the Superga station the Visitor Center of the Ente Parchi della Collina di Superga hosts a series of initiatives aimed at students and adults in order to improve the knowledge of the surrounding environment. At the Sassi station there is a bar-pizzeria-restaurant service.
The tramway connection is managed by a train composed of a tractor and up to a maximum of two towed cars, with a total capacity of 210 passengers.
In the afternoons of the festive days (not in winter), the service is doubled through the use of two trains at the same time. It is necessary that groups of at least 10 people make the reservation previously. The service is also accessible to people with disabilities through the assistance of two escorts, upon reservation at the GTT tourist services offices.
Di seguito le tariffe al 22/11/2010:
Biglietto Intero: Feriali: corsa semplice euro 2,00, corsa andata ritorno euro 4,00 - Sabato e festivi: corsa semplice euro 3,50, corsa andata ritorno euro 5,50
Tariffa promozionale per gruppi di studenti (minimo n. 11, accompagnati a scopo didattico da almeno un insegnante) e ultrasessantacinquenni: euro 2,50 a persona andata e ritorno, con validità tutti i giorni, festivi inclusi.
Per informazioni aggiornate su orari e tariffe consultare il sito GTT: www.comune.torino.it/gtt
Tempo di percorrenza: 10 -15 minuti circa