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Susa, Italy

Città di Susa
Location of Susa in Italy

Coordinates: 45°08′N 07°03′E / 45.133°N 7.050°E / 45.133; 7.050

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Turin (TO)
Frazioni Castelpietra, Coldimosso, San Giuliano, Traduerivi
 • Mayor Gemma Amprino
 • Total 11.26 km2 (4.35 sq mi)
Elevation 503 m (1,650 ft)
Population (30 September 2010)
 • Total 6,743
 • Density 600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym Segusini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 10059
Dialing code 0122
Patron saint St. Mary of the Snow
Saint day August 5

Susa (Latin: Segusio) is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy. It is situated on at the confluence of the Cenischia with the Dora Riparia, a tributary of the Po River, at the foot of the Cottian Alps, 51 km (32 mi) west of Turin.


Susa (Latin: Segusio) was founded by the Gauls. In the late 1st century BC it became voluntarily part of the Roman Empire. Remains of the Roman city have been found in the excavations of the central square, the Piazza Savoia. Susa was the capital of the province of Alpes Cottiae. According to the medieval historian Rodulfus Glaber, Susa was "the oldest of Alpine towns".

In the Middle and Modern ages Susa remained important as a hub of roads connecting southern France to Italy. During the Napoleonic era a new road, the Via Napoleonica, was built. The city's role as a communications hub has been confirmed recently by a nation-wide dispute over the construction of the proposed Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link (TAV) to France.

Main sights

  • Susa Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di San Giusto) (1029).
  • The triumphal Susa's Arch of Augustus, erected by the Romanized Sugusian chief to Augustus in 8 BC.
  • The Roman Amphitheater.
  • Castle of Marquise Adelaide.
  • Archaeological area of Piazza Savoia.

Twin cities

See also

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