East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Budgeting the Pharaohs


Just as an experiment, I’m trying to budget my trip to the Museo Egizio di Torino using various Internet resources.
As I am doing it I thought – why not write everything down and do a post on the subject.

Let’s see… I’m planning my outing for the end of this month or early the next, on a weekday to avoid the hordes of tourists. I’ll be traveling light – me, my camera, my cell-phone, a notebook and a bottle of water for the trip.


In this period Turin is also hosting the Holy Shroud exhibition, and the place will be crawling with people, while bars and eateries will touch up their prices to make more money1.

I hope for good weather – I’ll move early to spend the hottest hours of the day in the air conditioned rooms of the museum.
The idea is to travel light and spend as little as possible.

Single Museo Egizio Ticket – 15.00 euro
The website of the Museo Egizio is currently “under construction” (ah, the irony).


But they allow the users to buy tickets (13.00 euro + 2 euro for the booking) and book a guided tour.
As I plan to be alone with the pharaohs, I will not take a tour.
And I wonder if the web-ticket is in the end cheaper or more expensive than the live, analog ticket bought at the gate (which would be the way to go for me anyway).

Train tickets – 14.00 euro
The Trenitalia ticket machine online is sluggish but provides the information I need: I can board the train in Nizza Monferrato at 7:09 any day of the week and be in Turin, Porta Nuova Station, by 8:30.
In the evening, I could catch the train in Porta Nuova at 19:30 and be home in Nizza Monferrato by 20:41 (which means home here in Castelnuovo Belbo by 21:00). But all things considered, I might make it for the 18:30 train. Depending on the day, I might have to change in Asti.

Trnitalia Minuetto regional train (ALn501/502) MD 058 diesel DMU on the 12.31 departure from Breil-sur-Roya to Cuneo

The distance between Porta Nuova and the museum can be covered on foot. The museum opens at 8:30 and closes at 19:30… half an hour walk and then I’d have about 10 hours to roam the halls.

Eating out – let’s budget 15.00 euro.
The museum website and map do not show a cafeteria – pity. This means I’ll have to make a good breakfast and then catch a bite when I get out.
On the other hand, the online maps don’t even show a gift shop, and I’m pretty positive there is one, because it has an online outlet.
A number of tourist informations are available, including a restaurant list on TripAdvisor etc.
Most of the places they suggest are simply way over my budget – and it’s funny (or sad) finding some of the most expensive bars in town listed as “cheap” for foreign tourists.
Anyway, let’s eat out – I wonder if some of my old student haunts in the area are still open … I could get away with a nice chunk of tasty focaccia and a bottle of ice-cold sparkling water, and spend less than 5 euro.


There is a MacDonald within walking distance, but let’s admit it – being on a tight budget does not mean my standards will be so low.
And talking about low standards… more or less at the same walking distance as the Mac there’s at least one supermarket – or there used to be.

Let’s revise the budget: eating out – 10.00 euro.

We are at a solid 39.00 euro of inescapable expenses – this means a 50 piece could also cover some postcards in the souvenir shop.

Not bad at all, all things considered.
Even if I can’t forget my escapades as a kid, where the whole adventure cost me about 10.000 lire – 5 euro.
Ah, I feel old!

  1. this thing about the Holy Shroud is making me seriously reconsider my proposition – I hate crowds, and I might as well wait for the Shroud exhibit to be over, and enjoy a quieter visit. In August. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Budgeting the Pharaohs

  1. The Egyptian Museum of Turin… I wanted to visit it since ages… but for me the trip is a bit longer (and most expensive as well), it takes more or less an hour just to get to Bologna, then three more, I guess, to finally be in Turin.
    It must be planned on a two-day basis I think. Well, sooner or later it will be done.

    Did you know that also in Bologna there is an important Egyptian collection at the Museo Civico Archeologico?


    • Yes, I know about the collections in Bologna and in Florence – there is a lot of Egyptian antiquities in our country.
      And I guess that planning a two-day trip only for one museum is not viable… maybe you should check and see if you can get more out of the trip… like a concert or theater, or another museum…


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