Poggio Bustone

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Poggio Bustone
Comune di Poggio Bustone
Poggio Bustone visto dal Santuario.jpg
Coat of arms of Poggio Bustone
Coat of arms
Poggio Bustone is located in Italy
Poggio Bustone
Poggio Bustone
Location of Poggio Bustone in Italy
Coordinates: 42°30′N 12°53′E / 42.500°N 12.883°E / 42.500; 12.883
Country Italy
Region Latium
Province / Metropolitan city Rieti (RI)
 • Mayor Emanuele D'Amico
 • Total 22.3 km2 (8.6 sq mi)
Elevation 756 m (2,480 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)
 • Total 2,163
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Poiani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 02018
Dialing code 0746
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day 24 June
Website Official website

Poggio Bustone 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[1] and reputedly greeted the villagers by saying "buon giorno buona gente" (good morning good people)[1][2] 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.[2] 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.[1]


Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Comune di Poggio Bustone
  2. ^ a b Fusarelli ofm, Brother Massimo (1999). The Franciscan Sanctuaries Of the Rieti Valley. Provincia Romana dei Frati Minori.