TURIN: THE SHROUD AND THE “SOCIAL SAINTS”
Turin is not only the city that has been home to one of the tangible foundations of the Christian faith since the mid-16th century, but also that which vaunts the highest number of saints who played an important role in the urban social fabric. They range from St John Bosco (1815–88), born in a small town among the Asti hills, whose lifework was aimed at redirecting disadvantaged youth in high-risk situations towards “healthy living principles” to the more recent St Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901–25) who, despite his premature death, dedicated himself to helping the poor and sacrificing his life for others.
Starting tour: piazza Maria Ausiliatrice, Torino
POI (point of interest: Valdocco, Cottolengo, Holy shroud Museum
Tour: 8 hours