HomeAway has holiday homes and villas in Sutri to suit your taste, plans and budget. It’s a fabulous location, nestled in idyllic natural scenery and with all kinds of interesting things to see locally, including lakes, forests and a collection of ancient archaeological sites. Sutri villas are charming old buildings, lovingly restored and full of surprising original features. There’s plenty of rural seclusion here, and perhaps the best way to admire the scenery is from the comfort of a pool or spacious garden – luxuries that are offered by most Sutri holiday homes.
-Local history. Sutri was once a vital strategic outpost of Rome, so you’ll find a few ancient ruins close by. There’s an amphitheatre here, unusual because it appears to have offered standing room only. Close to this structure is an even older Etruscan Necropolis, carved from the rock and accessed via a walking path. Also cut from the rock is the medieval church of the Madonna del Parto, with preserved frescoes.
-Cuisine. A classic rustic dish here acquacotta, a vegetable soup served with slices of local bread. Pasta is also a staple, and in this region it comes in the form of lombrichelli, straccia and gnocchi, with wild boar, hare or mushroom sauces. Lamb is another common ingredient and forms the basis of a typical stew, cooked with anchovies, herbs and wine.
-Nature. Not far to the south is Lake Bracciano. Because this lake is one of Rome’s main water reservoirs it’s been kept remarkably free of pollution – even motorboats are banned here. So it’s a great spot for swimming, canoeing and sailing in the summer. The immediate area is a hotspot for ecotourism - perfect for walking holidays, with rolling hills, woodland and historic buildings dotted around.
-Tarquinia. 50 kilometres west of Sutri is this coastal town, considered one of the best places in Italy to see Etruscan heritage. The Necropolises here are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and include more than 6,000 tombs, dating back as far as the 6th Century BC and decorated by intricate paintings. You can get an overview of this culture at the National Museum in Tarquinia.
-Rome. Italy’s capital is so close there’s no excuse not to drop in. It’s impossible to list the many historical wonders here, but one of the best is the Pantheon, which was built by Hadrian in the 2nd Century and remains intact and spectacular to this day. Also ancient and famous is the Coliseum, known for its gladiators, and the largest building of its kind on the former Roman world.
Sutri is in an area with a mild Mediterranean climate. There’s warm weather for about four months of the year, with temperatures in mid-summer that occasionally exceed 30 degrees. Rainfall is rare in summer, but can occur a little more frequently in autumn and winter, when temperatures are mild. Winter days can be surprisingly chilly here, but most will get highs of about ten degrees and sub-zero conditions occurring only at night. Spring weather is moderate, with highs in the upper-teens in April and early-May.
If you’re flying to your holiday home in Sutri then the airport to use is Rome Fiumicino (FCO), which is just over half an hour by car to the south of the town. It’s Italy’s busiest airport, and one of the most important in Europe, so there’s a wide array of airlines with connections to this destination from the UK. Once you’ve arrived you can take Rome’s A90 ring road and then SS2 to Sutri. It’s also possible to get the train from Rome to the town of Capranica, which is just a couple of kilometres from Sutri.