Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Cantalice: A Stronghold on the Borders of the Kingdom of Naples
The earliest records of this town date to the 12th century. Situated within the borders of the Kingdom of Naples, it was in continuous conflict with Rieti. From the 14th to the 17th century many battles were fought between the small village and the capital city. This animosity reached a climax in 1577 when Rieti attempted to take the town by storm but it resisted and fought off its invaders.
Cantalice is rendered unique by its urban layout. It develops vertically along a steep rocky cliff. A very characteristic flight of steps cuts through the entire town. The silent summit if Mount Terminillo looms above. The little village culminates with the watchtower and the imposing Church of San Felice.


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