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

Stage 18 - from Rieti to Poggio San Lorenzo

From Rieti to Poggio San Lorenzo, the journey through the ancient lands of the Sabina begins.

A route of some 22 km through woods, over streams and fields, the last stretch leading to Poggio San Lorenzo is uphill.
Poggio San Lorenzo
21,815 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 620
Loss of altitude
- 530
path-tarmac-dirt road
Road Sign
Travel time
8 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
Start out from the historical centre of Rieti and after a few kilometres you’ll see the sign that marks the beginning of the last 100 km to Rome. The first 8 km are flat and go through the Holy Valley of Rieti and its fields. On the other side of the pedestrian bridge over the Turano river is where the trail over traces of the old Via Salaria begins, lined by long rows of tall, gracious linden trees, all the way to Maglianello Basso. After the tree-lined route, the route continues along the banks of the Ariana river until past the town of San Giovanni Reatino. The Via Salaria is the ancient Consular road built by the Romans to reach the Adriatic Sea. Along the way you’ll reach the IV century BC Ponte Sambucco bridge. The route begins to go uphill and with a small detour you can visit the little town of Ornaro Basso, where there are shops and restaurants. Continue going uphill until you reach the picturesque town of Poggio San Lorenzo, the final destination of the day’s walk.
What you should know before departure
Bars and sources of water along the trail ensure you a supply of water. 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: e.g. Ponte Sambuco and Ornaro Basso.
Poggio San Lorenzo welcomes pilgrims with friendly open arms. It’s a small town that is easy to visit. Don’t miss the remains dating to Roman times.
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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