Parco naturale regionale dell'antichissima citta di Sutri

Parco naturale regionale dell'antichissima citta di Sutri

Parco naturale regionale dell'antichissima citta di Sutri
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This lovely and relatively undiscovered Etruscan archeological site is just an hour from the Eternal City, which features an impressive amphitheatre, completely carved out of local tufa stone.
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CulinarySlut
Toronto, Canada783 contributions
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This is a fascinating place for fans of history and all things ancient. The coliseum here is much smaller than what Rome has to offer, but it is unique because it is entirely carved into the natural stone in the Etruscan tradition. You can walk along the cool dark corridor that circumnavigates the space, and let your imagination run rampant as to what it might have been like thousands of years ago. There’s also a spot where you can climb up designated steps and look down the large open grass space and get a sense of the perspective audience members had.

Nearby there is the Necropolis - Etruscan tombs carved into the rock face, with small shelves that once held urns. Some of the tombs still have aesthetic detail visible. If you’ve got good shoes on there’s a trail you can explore and see even more tombs, which are far more atmospheric with the trees and shrubs growing thickly around them.
Written June 7, 2022
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Alex T
England755 contributions
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I had never heard of Sutri until I started planning a walk on the Via Francigena, and realised it was well placed on the route between Vetralla and Campagnano, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.

We found various maps of the site on the internet, but in reality it was very easy to navigate. We entered opposite the gate to the town on the other side of the road.

There was a recreational area, and behind it we could see the entrance to the Mitreo in the cliff. This had a wooden door that was firmly shut. There was, however, a helpful sign saying that it could be opened on request to the staff at the amphitheatre which was just a few minutes walk further on. We duly signed the visitors' book at the amphitheatre and were directed back to the Mitreo, which was now open. It is truly beautiful, and rather awe inspiring to be in a place of worship used so long ago. The floor is very uneven (so beware, because the temptation is to look up, not down); the wall paintings are well preserved and very beautiful. Photography is permitted provided that pictures are not taken for profit.

The amphitheatre itself is also interesting, hewn out of the volcanic rock rather than built up. The size of the site is such that it didn't feel at all busy, even in high summer. The signs are very informative - it's worth pausing to read them.
Written September 18, 2014
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hjb50
Cardiff, UK160 contributions
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You won't regret stopping for it. Carved out of the rock (tufo) nobody quite knows how many centuries ago - it's a beautiful oval shape - green, tranquil and evocative. There are other interesting sites nearby too - and no entry charges.
Written June 11, 2012
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Mortysa
Prague, Czech Republic7 contributions
Etruscan tombs, magical Mithraeum with frescoes, well-preserved amphitheatre, nice nature, typical small city on the hill - with narrow streets and all the picturesque features of Italian countryside, historically important place for the Church
+ well-located public bathrooms; the area is partly accessible for wheelchairs/strollers

We had a great food in a lovely restaurant called La Locanda Di Saturno Di Faraoni Marisa

half-day / one-day trip, mostly outside -> you need a nice weather to really enjoy it
if you get bored in Rome/other big city, this is a great choice
Written May 9, 2011
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Marco_the_Maltabus
Southend-on-Sea, UK400 contributions
An assortment of ancient wonders here. A necropolis, and amphitheatre and a Middle Ages church with many fresco. You will need an appointment to be let into the church. There is a shop and cafe opposite where you can use the loo. This will probably take you about 1.5 hours to do all three sites which are next to each other. Get a guide book!
Written August 6, 2017
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Kristján A
Reykjavik, Iceland17 contributions
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The story of this place is interesting, especially the part of how the "mini-Colosseum" was built. The area is quiet and relaxing - great for those who want to escape the Rome city tourist madness.
Written November 3, 2014
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Team541
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So many people in the forums attempt to persuade others to not rent a car while traveling Italy. Although I might agree if the stay is a very short one, I disagree if you like to travel off the beaten path like we do. On a country road on the way to Viterbo, we almost missed this hidden gem. On the left hand side of the road, I spotted a grassy area with some ruins and told my wife that if we had time after Viterbo, we should stop and let the kids play at the little park. Little did we know that a stop to play in the park would lead us to discover this amazing piece of history. The site was free, completely void of tourists, souvenir sellers, and other annoyances you find at sites in Rome. So if your thinking about whether or not to rent a car, I say do it. Get out there and explore. Find places that you can enjoy. Ciao!
Written June 13, 2014
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Gina Lucrezia O... H
Rome, Italy71 contributions
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Just came back from a weekend trip to Sutri, which is roughly about 1 hour by car from Rome center. Besides the old ruins of antique Roman amphitheatre, the little town has beautiful small alleys, houses and great local Tuscan food. Take a charming walk in the old town and stop for lunch. We went to a place called "La Taverna" which is a local hostaria serving home made cooking, grilled meat (grilled while you watch), delicious dishes with mushrooms, fantasctic local red housewine. All in all great value, we spent 40 Euros in two and had a great meal. The Taverna is just off the main square of the town, but I could not find it on T.A.
If you have more time left over take a stop over in Nepi on your way back to Rome, and see the old Roman acqueducts and explore the beautiful waterfall which is in the town, but rather hidden , you can ask the locals to show you " la cascata" and they will be happy to help you find it .
Written October 31, 2011
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BrunoAP
Basilicata, Italy739 contributions
The amphitheatre is carved right into the soft stone in the side of the hill just outside the city walls. You can walk from the town center though there is parking in front of the ruins, just watch out for all the cats.

There was no access into the amphitheatre when we were there though you can easily see through the gates and get a good glimpse of this amazing work. Worth a stop if you are in the area.
Written November 24, 2008
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy983 contributions
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We reached the town's main attraction: a tufaceous hill which used to be an ancient Etruscan city. Here we paid the price to enter the archaeological area which featured the most amazing Roman amphitheater i had ever seen after the one in Rome. This one was however completely different and wholly built inside the rock. Next to it, the hill was surrounded by Etruscan and roman tombs built inside the rock and finally we also visited an ancient mithraeum, or temple dedicated to the god Mithras, which was later converted to church during the medieval times and still featured frescoes representing pilgrims on the via Francigena.
Written January 22, 2019
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