Susa, Italy: visitor guide for the town of Susa in northern Italy

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Susa is located 50 kilometres west of Turin, in the Valle di Susa and on on the main road that heads west from Turin towards France (the French border is only a few kilometers from Susa).

It is a pleasant town, originally established by the celts as they were holding out against the expanding Roman empire. The town attracts visitors because of its important Roman ruins and medieval monuments, and because Susa has easy access to spectacular countryside.

Explore Susa

Most visits to Susa will start in the Piazza San Giusto, the centre of the town and close to the principal monuments.

The most important of the roman ruins are the Arch of Augustus, built in 8 BC to celebrate a peace treaty between the Gauls and the Romans, and parts of the adjacent Roman baths, the Roman amphitheatre and a Roman aqueduct. The amphitheatre is still used for live performances today.

Roman ruins in Susa

Although the imposing Porta Savoia also has its origins in Roman times it was substantially rebuilt in the Middle Ages.

Built more recently, the medieval cathedral in Susa - the 11th century Cathedral of San Giusto - is a roman style church which once formed part of an abbey complex and has interesting decorative features such as a campanile and some frescoes on the outside walls. Inside you can also see some notable artworks dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.

You can also explore the streets of medieval buildings clustered around the town centre, and around the nearby Church of San Francesco.

Attractions nearby

The region around the town is popular in both spring and summer, with both hikers and skiers attracted by the sporting options available.

Susa is well placed for exploring the scenic highlights of the so-called Via Lattea (Milky Way) that lie to the west of the town - the Via Lattea passes many unspoiled small villages (and larger resorts) in the beautiful mountain scenery close to the border with France.

Pequerel village in the Susa Valley

The Abbey at Novalesa (a few kilometres to the north-west of Susa) and the Church at Jouvenceau (to the south-west near Oulx) are among the more important of the historical monuments in the surrounding region. Bardonecchia, west of Susa and close to the French border and best known for winter sports, also has a small historical centre.

For details of the abbey at Sacra di San Michelle to the east of Susa please see Avigliana.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Piedmont guide.

See also:

Map of Susa and places to visit

Places to visit near Susa

Avigliana

Avigliana

Highlights in Avigliana include the Egyptian museum and the nearby Abbey Sacra di San Michelle

Avigliana guide

Pinerolo

Pinerolo

The cathedral is just one of the places of interest in Pinerolo near Turin

Pinerolo guide

Stupinigi

Stupinigi

Built as a hunting lodge, the 18th century Stupinigi Palace is a very extensive palace and gardens

Stupinigi guide

Gran Paradiso National Park

Gran Paradiso National Park

Famous for its ibex, the Gran Paradiso National Park is a region of spectacular mountain scenery

Gran Paradiso National Park guide

Turin

Turin

Turin is one of the most visited and most interesting cities in northern Italy with many notable monuments

Turin guide

Staffarda Abbey

Staffarda Abbey

The Staffarda Abbey, founded in the 12th century, is one of the most complete monastic complexes in Italy

Staffarda Abbey guide