Anciently called Reate, Rieti city lies on a small mountain sorrounded by a wide lowland next Terminillo Mountain, crossed by Velino's river. The tradition defines Rieti mbilicus Italiae.

The city, full of fascinating historical sites, is enclosed by walls almost intact and it's known throughout the world for gliding. Particularly interesting are the visits to "Rieti underground".

Around Rieti there are some important Franciscan sanctuaries, hence the name of the Holy Valley of Rieti