Poggio Bustone: A Spectacular View Overlooking the Sacred Valley
Poggio Bustone is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Rieti in the Italian region Latium, located about 70 km northeast of Rome and about 11 km north of Rieti. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,162 and an area of 22.3 km².
St Francis of Assisi went to Poggio Bustone in 1208 and reputedly greeted the villagers by saying "buon giorno buona gente" (good morning good people). 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. 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 Archangel Gabriel.
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