Known for welcoming St. Francis and for being the birthplace of Italian singer Lucio Battisti, Poggio Bustone is a small mountain hamlet of medieval origin overlooking the Holy Valley in Central Italy. It has a long craftsmanship tradition linked to wood, copper and wrought iron, and it is famous for its delicious ‘porchetta’.
Good morning, good people!
Located on the slopes of Mount Rosato, with a wonderful view of Rieti's valley, Poggio Bustone is world-renowned as the perfect location for gliding flight, so much that the 2009 Paragliding World Cup final took place here.
The birthplace of famous Italian singer Lucio Battisti, to whom a sculpture is dedicated in the March Gardens (thus named after one of his songs), Poggio Bustone is a medieval hamlet dating back to the 12th century. Part of the old structure is still visible, like the two gates to the village: to the west, the Good Morning Gate; to the east, the Tower Gate next to the Cassero pentagonal tower, vestige of the old castle.
The Good Morning Gate was named after the way St. Francis greeted the inhabitants in 1208, when he arrived here for the first time at the age of 28 through that very same gate.
To remember the event, every year on 4th October a town-dweller walks through the village with a tambourine greeting his fellow-citizens in the same way: “Good morning, good people!” In the evening, Poggio Bustone celebrates the Porchetta Festival, a luscious dish made with roasted pork and herbs typical of Central Italy.
The devotion towards St. Francis is particularly felt around here, also due to the presence of one of the four Franciscan sanctuaries in the Holy Valley. The Sanctuary of St. James was built in 1235 on the mountain slope, near to the hermitage where the saint lived in 1209. Another holy man the inhabitants are close to is St. Felix Martyr, whose remains are preserved in the Church of St. John the Baptist.
As you can see, Poggio Bustone is a place of great spirituality, but it is more than that. Nature here is dominant, and Poggio Bustone's municipality is one the six – along with Rieti, Cantalice, Colli sul Velino, Contigliano and Rivodutri – over which the Lakes Lungo and Ripasottile Natural Reserve extends.
The Reserve covers an alluvial plain originally occupied by the immense Lake Velino, and it represents a wetland very rich in fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds, particularly recommended for birdwatchers.
Pro Loco di Labro:
+39 0746 63 61 34
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How to get here
From Rieti: Take the SS79 and follow the directions to Poggio Bustone.
From Terni: Take the SS79 towards Rieti/Marmore and then follow the directions to Poggio Bustone.
From Rome: Follow the directions to E35/A1/Firenze (Florence). Once on the A1 highway (there is little toll to pay), take the Firenze/E45/Fiano Romano/Rieti exit. Take the SS4 Salaria to Rieti.
By public transport:
The closest airports are the two serving Rome (Fiumicino and Ciampino).
From FCO: train to Fara Sabina + Cotral bus to Rieti.
From CIA: bus to Termini train station (Rome).
From Termini: take the B underground line to Tiburtina train station (towards Rebibbia).
From Tiburtina: train to Fara Sabina + Cotral bus to Rieti, or direct Cotral bus to Rieti from the bus station just outside Tiburtina.
In Rieti, take the Cotral bus to Poggio Bustone.
Poggio Bustone's Pro Loco (Info Point):
+39 0746 688323
Via Francescana, 22
Poggio Bustone's Town Hall:
+39 0746 688913-689901-688022 Via Francescana, 9