Susa, Piedmont

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Susa
Comune
Città di Susa
Susa 001.jpg
Coat of arms of Susa
Coat of arms
Susa is located in Italy
Susa
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
Government
 • Mayor Gemma Amprino
Area
 • 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
Website Official website

Susa (Latin: Segusio) is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy. In the middle of Susa Valley, 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.

History[edit]

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. Taking part of the county or march of Turin (sometimes "march of Susa"), the city gave his name also to Adelaide countess, called "of Susa". House of Savoy, marrying Adelaide, based his growing power on the control of this land, linked to France by near Mount Cenis pass. Henry of Segusio, usually called Hostiensis, (c. 1200 – 1271) an Italian canonist of the thirteenth century, was born in the city. 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.[citation needed]

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