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 of the town’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, Sutri 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 mystery religion of Mithraism; the Church of the Madonna del Parto; and, the ornate Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
Not to be overlooked, Sutri was also a popular rest stop during the Middle Ages for millions of religious pilgrims making their way from up north to the Holy See in the south along Via Francigena (the road from France) — the Italian portion of a series of roads and trails that actually stretched from Canterbury in England, across the Channel into France, over to Switzerland, and eventually into Italy and down to Rome. Truly, Via Francigena gives credence to the age-old saying, “All roads lead to Rome.”
It was Sutri that served as the Archbishop’s third stage rest stop along the Via Francigena route back home to Canterbury — no doubt a winding and arduous journey with many a tale told along the way to pass the time.