Sutri: Land of Etruscans, Romans and Feudal Knights


Built high on a volcanic outcrop surrounded by deep valleys Sutri  owes to its dominant position on the basin of Lake Vico and the plain of Viterbo its strategic importance from the time of the Etruscan until the Middle Ages. In the wooded area at the foot of the village, stand out among the many Etruscan-Roman testimonies the Urban Necropolis consisting of 64 tombs excavated in the tufa, the Amphitheatre, entirely dug into the tuff at the end of the I century  BC and so well preserved that it is still used for summer performances, the cave church of the Madonna del Parto, considered an ancient Mithraeum adapted to Christian worship and subsequently decorated by beautiful, medieval frescoes. On the rock the medieval village embraced by ancient walls retains its feudal atmosphere enriched by numerous testimonies such as the beautiful crypt of the Duomo, the Fountain of the Fuso and the old washhouse. Sutri was also a place of pilgrims who passed through here on a branch of the Via Francigena to Rome.