Poggio Bustone

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Poggio Bustone
Comune di Poggio Bustone
Poggio Bustone visto dal Santuario.jpg
Coat of arms of Poggio Bustone
Location of Poggio Bustone
Poggio Bustone is located in Italy
Poggio Bustone
Poggio Bustone
Location of Poggio Bustone in Italy
Poggio Bustone is located in Lazio
Poggio Bustone
Poggio Bustone
Poggio Bustone (Lazio)
Coordinates: 42°30′N 12°53′E / 42.500°N 12.883°E / 42.500; 12.883
ProvinceRieti (RI)
 • MayorDeborah Vitelli
 • Total22.3 km2 (8.6 sq mi)
756 m (2,480 ft)
 (31 December 2015)[2]
 • Total2,055
 • Density92/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0746
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
Saint day24 June
WebsiteOfficial website

Poggio Bustone (Poiano: Ru Poju) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Rieti in the Italian region Latium, located about 70 kilometres (43 miles) northeast of Rome and about 11 kilometres (7 mi) north of Rieti.

Poggio Bustone borders the following municipalities: Cantalice, Leonessa, Rieti, Rivodutri.

St. Francis[edit]

St Francis of Assisi went to Poggio Bustone in 1208[3] and reputedly greeted the villagers by saying "buon giorno buona gente" (good morning good people)[3][4] A gothic arch named "buon giorno" can be found in the village commemorating this event.

In the oldest section of the Franciscan monastery of Poggio Bustone, a room can be found where St. Francis stayed.[4] On the mountainside above the village are seven small chapels containing, by tradition, impressions of objects relating to St. Francis, such as his knee. This path culminates with the small church Sacro Speco where St. Francis received forgiveness for his sins from the Archangel Gabriel.[3]


Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Comune di Poggio Bustone
  4. ^ a b Fusarelli ofm, Brother Massimo (1999). The Franciscan Sanctuaries Of the Rieti Valley. Provincia Romana dei Frati Minori.