Susa Valley

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Susa Valley

The Susa Valley (Italian: Val di Susa, French: Val de Suse, Occitan: Val d'Ors) is a valley in the 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, over the Col du Mont Cenis or by the Fréjus tunnel, and to Briançon, also in France, over the Col de Montgenèvre.


Susa's Arch of Augustus

Among the notable summits which surround the valley there are:


In Roman age, Augustus made an alliance with the Segusini of Cottii Regnum to link Italy and France passing through the Valley and Col de Montgenevre. The city of Susa, Piedmont, preserve the Arch of Augustus builted on 8 b.C. for the agreement with Celtic population. In Middle Ages, pilgrims passing through Mont Cenis and Susa Valley (direction Rome) along a road called Via Francigena. It was one of the most used Alpine pass in from the Middle Ages to Nineteenth Century. The valley preserve a lot of abbey to accommodate pilgrims, as Novalesa Abbey founded in 726 on the foot of the mountain and the monumental abbey Sacra di San Michele.

Susa Valley in access to Italy from France


Cultural heritage monuments in Susa Valley[edit]

Saint Michael's Abbey and the Alps of Susa Valley
Casaforte Chianocco vista del fronte sud

Turin–Lyon high-speed railway[edit]

Protesters have fought a 10-year battle to prevent a 57 km (35 mi) rail tunnel being built through the valley.[1]



Coordinates: 45°08′N 7°03′E / 45.133°N 7.050°E / 45.133; 7.050