Introduction

Susa has a palpable sense of confidence that dates back millennia. It was an important Gaulish city that agreed to be Romanised in the 1st-century BC, then continued as a cosmopolitan trading post during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its Roman ruins make for an interesting stop on the way to the western ski resorts and it can make a very pleasant base for exploration, hiking or a cheaper alternative to the resorts in winter.