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

Stage 16 - from Piediluco to Poggio Bustone

From Piediluco Lake to the Sanctuary of Poggio Bustone: the first leg in Lazio.

A 22 km route from Umbria to Lazio that includes a few steep uphill climbs to reach the Sanctuary of St Francis and the town of Poggio Bustone, where Francis greeted the locals saying: Buon giorno, Buona gente. (Good morning, good people!).
Poggio Bustone
22,041 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 1.370
Loss of altitude
- 940
path-tarmac-dirt road
Road Sign
Travel time
8 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
The point of departure is the Sanctuary of St Francis in Piediluco. With your back to the church, turn left and walk along the lakeshore, passing the circolo canottieri di Pidiluco (the local rowing club) and then a campsite. Four hundred metres further on, turn left and when you reach the SS79 road turn right until you get to the locally famous water fountain, where you turn left. You are now at Vocabolo Valle Spoletina, an ancient customs outpost marking the border between the Papal State and the Kingdom of Naples. Walk along the clearly signposted street ignoring any turnoffs. Following the yellow/blue signs and the yellow markings you will enjoy a flat stretch and then go gradually uphill to reach Labro. The walk continues through a few towns, places like Colle Rucciolo and Alvano . Then follow a trail that goes upwards through fields and juniper bushes. Once back on the paved road, when you get to a wooden cross, follow the signs you’ll see for Faggio di San Francesco. After a deserved rest in this majestic stand of beech trees, under the branches that gave shelter to St Francis, go back to the cross and follow a steep dirt path that heads downwards into the valley. It takes you back to the paved road, then turn left towards the town of Cepparo, where there is a water fountain. Continuing along the dirt road you reach the sanctuary of St Francis and the town of Poggio Bustone, where Francis turned to the people and said “Buon giorno, buona gente,” or Good morning, good people.
What you should know before departure
There are water fountains in Voc. Valle Spoletina, Labro, Colle Rucciolo and Cepparo. Remember to fill your water bottle with at least 1.5 litres of water in the summer.
Intermediate stages
There are resting areas where you can stop and take a regenerative break or find accommodation and shorten this leg of the journey.
Along the way there are small inhabited nuclei and the village of Labro.
Two magical places welcome pilgrims to the Holy Valley of Rieti: the beech woods of St Francis and the Sanctuary at Poggio Bustone.
We recommend that you have the maps of the trail with you. Simplified maps can be downloaded by clicking on the online map. Remember to always have a small supply of food with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, something energy-giving in general).
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Territorial Tourist Office of Rieti
Address: Via Cintia, 87 Rieti
Phone: 0746 264106/8/0
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Site: www.camminodifrancesco.it
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