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Susa Valley

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The Susa Valley Italian: Val di Susa, French: Val de Suse, Occitan: Val d'Ors is a valley in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont region of northern Italy, located between the Graian Alps in the north and the Cottian Alps in the south It is the longest valley in Italy It extends over 50 km 31 mi in an east-west direction from the French border to the outskirts of Turin The valley takes its name from the city of Susa which lies in the valley The Dora Riparia river, a tributary of the Po, flows through the valley

A motorway runs through the valley from Turin to Chambéry in France through the Fréjus tunnel or by crossing the Col du Mont Cenis 2083m, and to Briançon, also in France, over the Col de Montgenèvre


  • 1 Geography
  • 2 History
  • 3 Main sights
  • 4 Turin–Lyon high-speed railway
  • 5 References


Susa's Arch of Augustus

Peaks that surround the valley include:

  • Pointe de Ronce - 3,612 m
  • Rocciamelone - 3,538 m
  • Pierre Menue - 3,506 m
  • Rognosa d'Etiache - 3,382 m
  • Punta Sommeiller - 3,332 m
  • Punta Ramiere - 3,303 m
  • Mont Chaberton - 3,131 m
  • Monte Orsiera - 2,890
  • Monte Colombano - 1,658 m
  • Monte Musinè - 1,150 m


During the Roman age, Augustus formed an alliance with the Segusini of Cottii Regnum to link Italy and France by building a road through the Valley and over the Col de Montgenevre

During the Middle Ages, the road was called Via Francigena, and pilgrims arriving from France passed through Mont Cenis and the Susa Valley on their way to Rome It was one of the most used Alpine passes from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century Several abbeys were built to accommodate pilgrims, such as Novalesa Abbey founded in 726AD on the foot of a mountain and the monumental Sacra di San Michele abbey

Susa Valley in access to Italy from France

Main sights

Saint Michael's Abbey and the Alps of Susa Valley
  • Sacra di San Michele Saint Michael's Abbey, established in the 11th century on the top of Pirchiriano Mountain, at the valley's entrance from Turin
  • Novalesa Abbey, established by Patrice Abbo of Provence in 726AD en route to the Mont Cenis Pass
  • Susa Cathedral, ancient San Giusto Abbey in Susa, established by Olderico Manfredi in 1029
  • Susa's Arch of Augustus, established in 8BC
  • Montebenedetto Charterhouse Villar Focchiardo, established in 1197
  • Castle of Bruzolo, built in 1227
  • Casaforte di Chianocco
  • Fort of Exilles
Casaforte Chianocco

Turin–Lyon high-speed railway

Protesters have fought a 10-year battle to prevent a 57 km 35 mi rail tunnel being built through the valley


Media related to Val di Susa at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "Italy's 10-metre Alpine mega-tunnel" BBC NEWS 15 February 2013 

Coordinates: 45°08′N 7°03′E / 45133°N 7050°E / 45133; 7050

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