Susa (TO)


Susa (TO)

Infobox CityIT
img_coa =Susa-Stemma.gif
official_name = Comune di Susa



name = Susa
region = Piedmont
province = Turin (TO)
elevation_m = 503
area_total_km2 = 11.26
mapx=45.17|mapy=7.07
name=Susa
population_as_of = December 31, 2004
population_total = 6638
population_density_km2 =577
timezone = CET, UTC+1, UTC+2 in summer
coordinates = coord|45|08|N|07|03|E
frazioni = Castelpietra, Coldimosso, San Giuliano, Traduerivi
telephone = 0122
postalcode = 10059
gentilic = Segusini
saint = St. Mary of the Snow
day = August 5
mayor =
website = [http://www.cittadisusa.it www.cittadisusa.it]

Susa is a city in Piedmont, Italy. It is situated on a tributary of the Po River, at the foot of the Cottian Alps, 51 km (32 mi) west of Turin.

History

Susa (ancient: "Segusium") was founded by the Gauls. In the 1st century AD it became freely part of the Roman Empire. Remains of the Roman city have been founded in the excavations of the central Savoy Square. Susa was the capital of the province Alpes Cottiae. According to the medieval historian Rodulfus Glaber, Susa was "the oldest of Alpine towns".

In the Middle and Modern ages Susa maintained an importance as a hub on the roads connecting southern France to Italy. During the Napoleonic era a new road, the Via Napoleonica, was built. This role has been confirmed until recent times, when a nation-wide dispute arose about the construction of the Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link (TAV) to France. A popular movement called NO TAV was created in consequence: it has launched several demonstrations, attracting wide media coverage and pushing authorities to momentarily suspend the works.

Main sights

*The Cathedral of San Giusto (1029).
*The triumphal 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

*flagicon|UK Barnstaple, UK
*Flagicon|France Briançon, France
*flagicon|Italy Paola, Italy

ee also

*Val di Susa
*Treno Alta Velocità



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