Sutri, Lazio - A Canterbury Trail | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Rising above Via Cassia — an important consular road back in the days of the Roman Empire — just about midway between the Eternal City and Viterbo, sits the impressive and ancient hill town of Sutri.
Noted for its precious archeological finds covering the Bronze, Etruscan, Roman and Middle Ages, Sutri waves the orange flag of the Italian Touring Club, symbolic for the community’s high-quality, environmentally sound tourism. It goes without saying that Sutri’s treasure trove of priceless antiquities is the major draw for this community of 5,000 residents.
With a documented history of over 2,500 years, Sutrium, as it was originally called, includes from its past: an excavated Roman amphitheatre; an Etruscan necropolis with dozens of rock-cut tombs; a Mithraeum — a secretive place of worship for practitioners of the ancient Persian-based mystery religion of Mithraism; the Church of Madonna del Parto, cut into the cliff rock and utilizing one of the many Etruscan tombs; and, the ornate Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.[...]