Susa Travel Guide

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Susa Things to Do

  • Traditional house covered with "lauzes"

    Susa is a small city and even in the city center, there remains old traditional houses with balconies covered by the roof in order to remain snow free in winter. The roof covered with thick slabs of slate called "lauzes" on both sides of the Alps, in France as well as in Italy. The same name is used in Valsusa and Salbertrand, in higher Susa Valley...

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  • Arco di Augusto, close up on the frise...

    OIn both sides, the Arco di Augusto is topped by a frise that represents the "suovetaurilia", the sacrifice made by Cozio to celebrate the alliance. The suovetaurilia was the sacrifice a pig (suus), a sheep (ovis) and a bull (taurus), hence the name suovetaurilia.The first photo is a picture of the top of the Arco.The second photo (enlarge) is a...

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  • View on the city from Arco di Augusto

    The first photo shows the view from the street climbing to Arco di Augusto with on the right the clock tower.The second photo was taken more westwards. The clock tower is on the far right while cattedrale San Giusto stands on the left.The third photo was taken from upstreet and cattedrale San Giusto appears now completely on the background of the...

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  • Porta Savoia

    In order to protect the city from the invasions, it was, in the second century AD enclosed in a powerful city wall with round towers. Porta Savoia (Savoy entrance) opens in the west. It is made of two cylindrical towers with opening all around, allowing to defend in every direction. They were lowered in the XVIIIth.Porta Savoia is shown on the...

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  • Druidic remains

    Close to the Arco di Augusto and at the foot of the medieval city wall, a post says :"Rocce cupulliformi druidiche, sec V-VI aC" (Druid cup shaped rocks, 5-6th BC).I have carefully looked at the rocks below but I must admit that if there had not been the post, I would not have seen anything special with them ! If they say they were used by the...

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  • Convento di San Francesco

    Church of San Francesco Convent is shown on the first photo from via Madonna delle Grazie (the church Madonna delle Grazie will be better seen on another tip), via San Francesco and in the background.Via San Francesco is a narrow street and I could not take a photo of the whole church. The second picture is actually made of three photos that I have...

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  • Contessa Adelaide castle and upper...

    The first photo shows the upper entrance into the city, with a twinned entrance. On the left, the medieval wall of the castle.The second photo shows the entrance into the Contessa Adelaide castle.The third shows the castle across the entrance.

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  • Leaving Susa to the Mont Cenis pass

    The first photo was taken southeastwards from S25, the road that leads to the Mont Cenis pass. It shows in the valley, in the foreground the village of Venàus and in the background the city of Susa. The autostrada leads to Bardonnechia and the entrance of the Fréjus tunnel, leading into France at Modane, in the Maurienne valley. The two summits in...

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  • Frescoes

    The first photo shows the entrance of the church topped by a fresco (close up on the last photo) painting a classical scene on the cross with one soldier stinging Christ side with a sword while another rubs his wounds with a sponge impregnated with vinegar. Two saints are watching.The second photo shows, over a carved Malta cross, two angels...

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  • Arco di Augusto, close up on the frise...

    On the other side of the Arc of August, the frise represents the same scenary but with different pictures.The first photo shows a huge sheep (actually better a ram !) followed by a man riding on a horse.The second photo shows another pig (or nother view of the same boar), pushed by an assistant.The third photo shows the bull with one assistant who...

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  • Chiesa della Madonna del Ponte and...

    The church Madonna del Ponte (first photo), of Medieval origins (XIIIth century), is devoted to the Holy Virgin of Peace and, inside, has precious works of art. The church was built between 1266 and 1369. The name refers to a statue of the "Madonna con il Bambino" (Madonne with the Child), most likely from the XIIth century. It is now displayed at...

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  • Arco di Augusto

    August arch was built in 9-8 BC to remind the alliance concluded in 13-12 BC between August and Cozio, king of Susa. It is decorated in a style very different from the usual Roman art. It is most likely to have been carved by local artists. It represents the "suovetaurilia", the sacrifice made by Cozio to celebrate the alliance. The suovetaurilia...

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  • Round tower

    We were looking for the Roman arena when I saw the top of a round tower that emerged from the vegetation (enlarge the first photo if you want to see it). I tried to get closer from the tower as I thought it might be related with the arena.Actually, it seemed to be in a private property enclosed by high walls and I could not get any closer. I wonder...

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  • Castello Contessa Adelaide

    The story of Adelaide is tightly tied with the history Susa. She was born between 1010 and 1016 in the castle that now bears its name from Olderic Manfred, count of Turin and marquis of Susa and Berte of Este. She was the grand daughter of Arduino il Glabrione, un "condotierre" that ousted the Sarrazins from the valley of Susa in 976. Twice...

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  • Clock tower

    The first photo shows clock tower that stands at the foot of the castle of Contessa Adelaide. This is typical of a sober style of building that is widely found on both sides of the Alps : the design is square, the roof has four plain panels, the sides are few openings : one at the first level, two at the second and three for the two uppers...

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  • The Pasha of Susa !

    This marble carved slab (Via Palazzo di Città) commemorates the memory of Lieutenant General Emilio Degiorgis (1844-1908), who was born in this house, was Supreme Commander of the gendarmerie in Macedonia and who was awarded the title of Pasha by the Ottoman (Turkish) government. Amazing, isn't it, to find a local pasha in the middle of the Alps ?

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  • Older portici

    Beginning on Piazza San Giusto, on one side, along via Marun , the portici are low, with a double vault, one is wide and the other narrower. They seem to be the oldest of the city but I have not found any clue on the date of their building.On the other side of Via Marun a narrow passage for pedestrians only leads to August arch.

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  • Cattedrale San Giusto, the tower clock

    Cattedrale San Giusto (Cathedral Saint Just) was built in 1027. It is built on the design of a latin cross. The clock tower was stone built on a square design and is connected to the right nave, almost in its middle. The roof is very sharp, covered with slates. On each corner, stands a slender pinnacle.

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  • Palazzo municipale

    Palazzo municipale (City Town Hall) has given its name to the street, called Via Palazzo di Città. It was built in1831, when it was part of the kingdom of Savoie. It has a neo classical style and looks as a Roman temple with four columns topped by a triangular pediment.

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  • Bishopric ?

    The entrance into this building bears the inscription "Indulgenza della via crucis". It does not seem to be a church but it is obviously a religious building. On top of the entrance, there is a carving with a bishop cap, a Lorraine cross and a sword. I will check if it is the bishopric.

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  • Narrow passages

    Besides the streets, the old town has also a good deal of narrow passages. Some of them are covered, others not. This one is called "Vicolo delle carcere" (Passage to the prison). In these old streets, you can sometimes find some old door beautifully renovated (second photo) or the remains of a fresco showing the coat of arms of the several cities...

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  • Via Palazzo di Città

    Via Palazzo di Città connects Piazza Di Bartolomeo and Via Malun. It allows to reach to Castello Contessa Adelaide. It is lined with "portici" like several streets in Susa. They both protect from the sun in Summer and from snow in winter.

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  • Cattedrale San Giusto

    The cathedral dates back to 1027 when Olderico Manfredi ordered the building of a Benedictine Abbey to place the relics of the martyr Saint Justus. It has been a diocesan centre since 1772. During the centuries it was restored several times which explains the different styles: roman, gothic and baroque. Inside the cathedral several works of art are...

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  • Terme Graziane or Aqueduct

    The expression “Terme Graziane” is used to indicate two arches of an aqueduct; the name draws its origins from a segusian inscription which mentioned the Gratian Thermae. It was restored between 375 and 378 A.D. by the emperors Gratian, Valente and Valentiniano. The arches of the aqueduct were linked to the castle walls and used as additional...

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Susa Restaurants

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    by JLBG Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    I highly recommand this restaurant run by the family Pasquali-Peirolo since 1987. Everything was so good that on our first visit I did not take a single picture ! I could not wait tasting ! Fortunately, we came back for another tasting and I took a few shots !

    We had a selection of yummy anti pasti (second photo) with : lard di Oulx ( a thin slice of excellent pork fat grown in Oulx), on the right of the photo, a yummy portion of bagna cauda (I will put the recipe in a travelogue) a very special dish from Piedmont (in the center of the photo), excellent ham from the mountain (third photo), etc…

    "Sôupa grassa d'Susa", a traditional soup with pieces of barley bread dipped in a meat broth with onion, cheese, juniper berries and butter (fourth photo)

    We had also an excellent stew of stag with polenta sticks (last photo).

    Ristorante e Hotel Susa e Stazione, dining room anti pasti: ard di Oulx, bagna cauda, etc Mountain ham S��upa grassa d'Susa Stew of stag with polenta sticks
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Susa Transportation

  • Rail road is fast and safe

    Susa is on the Paris-Roma railroad and thus can be easily reached both from France and from Italy. Local trains connect Chambéry, Saint Jean de Maurienne, Modane (France) to Susa and Turin. I am not sure that the highspeed trains have a stop in Susa. I will check that.

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  • Stay on the Highway !

    If you drive from France by the Mont Cenis pass, the road leads directly into Susa.If you drive from France by the Mont Genèvre pass, the road leads directly into Susa.If you drive from France by the Frejus tunnel, you will have to go out of the autostrada at "Susa Nord" (caution, there is no "Susa South" !)If you drive from Milan, pay attention !...

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Susa Local Customs

  • Water

    As in the whole Alpine bow, water is abundant. In Susa, you will find, scattered in various places of the city, brass fountains that deliver a good quality water, perfectly suitable for drinking. They seem to have been set at the turn of the 20th century or end of the 19th.

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  • Dreher beer

    The tradition of beer is ancient in northern Italy. Anton Dreher, from Vienna founded in 1869 in Trieste a brewery bearing its name. In 1928, it was bought by the brothers Luciani who had a brewery in Padevana. Finally, in 1974, the group Birra Dreher was sold to the Nederland based multinational Heineken.I had never tasted Dreher beer, a light...

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Susa Off The Beaten Path

  • The Pasha of Susa !

    This marble carved slab (Via Palazzo di Città) commemorates the memory of Lieutenant General Emilio Degiorgis (1844-1908), who was born in this house, was Supreme Commander of the gendarmerie in Macedonia and who was awarded the title of Pasha by the Ottoman (Turkish) government. Who said that Turkey was not a part of Europe ?

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  • Waldensian, Valdese, Vaudois, following

    The Poor from Lyon or Waldensian settled throughout Europe. In Italy, they are called "Valdese", in France "Vaudois". We find their traces in Bohemia, in Germany, in southern and central Italy. With sober habits, they strictly followed Jesus' teaching about The Sermon on the Mount, and also refused to swear oaths. The testimony of their lives is...

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  • Waldensians, Valdese, Vaudois

    The Waldensians, called "Valdese" in Italy, "Vaudois" in France, are a Protestant religious community that for the last 800 years has survived and prospered, despite repeated attempts at repression and extermination during the first five centuries. Their history is very interesting. I have taken the following from several Waldensians such as...

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