Rieti and its outskirts

Rieti is situated at the foot of Mount Terminillo, along the valley marked by the Velino River. Rieti had been first a Roman possession, later Papal residence; its historic center has an impressive and monumental XIIth century city wall enclosing it.
The Holy Valley, the basin that embraces Rieti, is one of the favoured scenes in St. Francis life. The Saint himself founded four sanctuaries set within Rieti’s very green valley and Mount Terminillo. These sanctuaries are built in the rock, surrounded by woods, permeated by evident essentiality.

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