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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Roman Way from La Verna to Roma

Stage 10C - Alternative route - from Greccio to Rieti

The Roman Way alternative route will take you to Rieti after passing by the Sanctuary of St. Francis in Greccio.

With this leg, even the detour of the Roman Way that goes through Terni ends in Rieti. The departure point is the Sanctuary of Greccio and the 21 km route is an easy one.
21,5 Km
Height differences
250 meters
Road Sign
Recommended Bike
hyrid, gravel, ebike
Water sources
yes (Greccio, Contigliano, Rieti)

Degree of difficulty
This leg goes from the St. Francis Sanctuary at Greccio to Rieti, reconnecting the Roman Way detour that goes through Terni with the main Way, and then continues on to Rome.
It is an easy route that is also ideal for resting your legs after the previous day’s strenuous ride, the most difficult of the entire journey. Today’s route is little more than 20 km long, starts off downhill and the total climb is modest. You will reach your destination rather quickly and that means you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy exploring the historical centre of Rieti.
The point of departure is from the Sanctuary of St. Francis and runs back over the last part of yesterday’s route, which means that the first kilometers are all downhill, so enjoy the beautiful views of the Rieti Valley.
At the end of the downhill run turn right towards Contigliano and then travel over the plains towards Piani di Sant’Elia, which will take you to the outskirts of Rieti. Beware of traffic as you reach town, especially at the juncture with the Via Salaria, before crossing the bridge over the Velino River, and then continue onwards for less than a kilometer uphill to get to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.
What you should know before departure
There are sources of water at Greccio, where you will be able to get a supply of water for the leg of the journey, Contigliano and Rieti. The route is short and the first part is all downhill, so you should not have any problems in terms of water supplies.
Intermediate stages
The route today is easy and very short, so no intermediate stop-overs were considered. If you would like to take a break, do so at Contigliano after the first descent.
This is probably the easiest leg of the entire Roman Way, so we have no particular advice to offer. Do be careful going downhill from Greccio and if it is cool, please wear an extra layer of clothing you can remove when you warm up. Don't forget to take a small food supply with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, mineral salts if it's very hot).
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Public Information and Tourist Office Rieti
Phone: 0746.488537
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