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

Stage 17 - from Poggio Bustone to Rieti

From Poggio Bustone to Rieti, via sanctuaries and the trails of the Holy Valley in Lazio.

If you are looking for peace and quiet, as St Francis did, to get away from the hustle and bustle, your wish will be granted along these routes through nature. The walk has both ascents and descents.
Poggio Bustone
17,794 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 620
Loss of altitude
- 1.035
path-tarmac-dirt road
Road Sign
Travel time
7 hours
Intermediate stages
Degree of difficulty
Leave Poggio Bustone going downhill along Via Bezzecca. After about 400 metres leave the road and take the marked trail on the left. It is the start of a 2 km descent through woods. Following the signposts up and down slopes you’ll reach the small town of San Liberato, where there is a water fountain. The route then follows over a mule track and, sometimes, over paved roads. After having walked along Via Giosuè Carducci go upwards towards Cantalice and in front of the church of San Felice you’ll enjoy gorgeous views eastwards to Mt. Terminillo and westwards over the Rieti plains, featuring the lakes of Lungo and Ripasottile in the foreground. You can replenish your supplies of food and water in town. Once past the San Felice all'Acqua Sanctuary descend - slowly and carefully - along a pebbly path. Less than 3 km later you’ll reach a convent better known as the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Foresta, or, more simply, La Foresta. You will be warmly welcomed by the many cats that live here. The peace and quiet is conducive to a break. Leave the sanctuary over a paved road that takes you, 4 km later, to Rieti to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
What you should know before departure
There are water sources fountains in loc. San Liberato, Cantalice Superiore, loc. San Felice and near il santuario La Foresta. 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, small settlements meet.
The route touches on an important sanctuary in the Valley of St Francis: La Foresta . It’s the kind of place that will linger in your memory and we suggest you take some time out here to explore the saint’s ties to this spot. The walk is a sequence of ups and downs, but you need to preserve your energy for the final stretch to Rieti, and to then visit the city.
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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