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

Stage15B - Alternative route through Terni - from Terni to Greccio

From Terni to Greccio, one of St Francis’ favourite places.

From the lively vitality of Terni to the peace and quiet of the Greccio Sanctuary, the entranceway to the Holy Valley of Rieti. A 23 km walk that can be shortened by stopping over at Stroncone.
21,925 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 720
Loss of altitude
- 1.250
tarmac-dirt road
Road Sign
Travel time
7 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
From the flat city of Terni you gradually ascend to reach Stroncone. From here the walk continues over verdant fields and through woods to enter Lazio. Make sure your pace yourself early on as you climb upwards, and then enjoy the beautiful views. Leaving the cathedral of Terni behind you head from the historical centre towards the Basilica di San Valentino, where the remains of the patron saint of lovers lie. The walk is a gradual but constant ascent, step by step the city outskirts fade away and then you reach the medieval village of Stroncone, one of the loveliest in all of Italy. St Francis came here in 1213 and a chapel was given to him here. Head towards Greccio over one of the route’s prettiest stretches. Once past the church of the Madonna at Colleponte and the charming chapel of Madonna del Tresto, you will find yourself walking over an old mule trail. Along the way plaques commemorate the journey over this same route made by St. Bernardino from Siena. After a few stretches of paved road you will reach the plains known as the “Prati di Stroncone”, where you can rest and recharge your batteries. The Greccio Sanctuary is 4 km from here, nestled in nature with a brilliant view over the entire Rieti plain. The Greccio Sanctuary is one of those special places where you can breathe in the spirituality of St Francis. Stay for a few hours to really enjoy the atmosphere, you deserve it.
What you should know before departure
There are water sources fountains in Stroncone and i Prati di Stroncone.
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: Stroncone and Prati di Stroncone.
Stroncone is a lovely medieval village that is home to small treasures of art and warm and hospitable locals: a stop here is well worth your while.
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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