On leaving France, Eugene travelled to Turin, where he wrote:
we spent several hours going through, from cellar to attic, their beautiful college of the Nobles, while waiting for Father Rector to return.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 8 November 1825, EO VI n. 205
During his exile, Eugene had been a pupil at this school from 1791 to 1794. As I have not published anything of this here before, I would like to spend some time looking at some of the entries of his diary referring to this period.
The College of Nobles where I was placed had just been entrusted to the Barnabite Fathers by King Victor Amadeus. These religious devoted themselves to giving a polished education to the children of the distinguished families entrusted to them. I was among the first to enter this college, and Father Scati, who was rector, made me his great friend from that moment…
I stayed at the College just over three years. My teacher was Father Massimini, and at that time Father Cadolini, today bishop in the Marches of Ancona, was one of my masters. M. Tavenet, of St. Sulpice, was assistant of one of the dormitories I lived in, and I owe it to his severity that I studied properly, and was consistently at the top of my classes.
Diary of the Exile in Italy, EO XVI p. 28
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Albert Einstein