Sutri, a little gem town in the vicinity of Rome, is marvellously located in a territory extremely rich in natural beauty and endless history, once traveled by Popes, emperors and pilgrims.
Like most of the ancient towns of South Etruria, Sutrium (ancient name) was originally an Etruscan fortress (Barrier and Gate of Etruria), standing on a plateau of tufarock along the Via Cassia and because of its strategic position in ancient times it had the role to control trading. Reports of some historians say that Sutri was the place where the Roman legions, on their return home from the war campaigns, had to stop and wait to get permission from the senators before entering Rome.
The most important and evocative sites to visit are “The Amphitheatre”, an exceptional monunent carved entirely out of tufa rock, the Etruscan rupestre necropolis and the Mitreo, used as a Christian church dedicated to the “Madonna del Parto” with many interesting paintings to be found inside.
Sutri’s historic center with its charming Piazza del Comune, upon which face an Etruscan archway and the Municipal Palace, crowded with Roman and Etruscan inscriptions. This main piazza is also an ideal setting for many folkloristic festivals and the many outdoor restaurants and cafes.
Not to miss the annual Carnival Parade on February 15-20, the “ Cavalleria” on Jan 17th (homage to Sant’Antonio Abate) a procession of richly decorated horses and ”La Sagra del Fagiolo” with the many delicious bean dishes to sample along the streets. These are just a few of the many attractions that visitors can enjoy visiting Sutri.