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Rieti (Italy)
Country Italy
region Lazio
province Rieti  (RI)
Coordinates 42 ° 24 '  N , 12 ° 52'  E Coordinates: 42 ° 24 '8 "  N , 12 ° 51' 36"  E
height 405  m slm
surface 206 km²
Residents 46,750 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density 227 inhabitants / km²
Post Code 02100
prefix 0746
ISTAT number 057059
Popular name Reatini
Patron saint Santa Barbara
Website Rieti
View over the old town to the Church of San Francesco
View over the old town to the Church of San Francesco

Rieti is an Italian commune and the capital of the Rieti province in the Lazio region . It has 46,750 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019).

The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Rieti .


Location of Rieti in the province

Rieti is located 81 km northeast of Rome , 38 km southeast of Terni and 59 km west of L'Aquila . The old town lies in a bend in the Velino River on the southern edge of the Conca di Rieti high valley . The Conca di Rieti is bounded in the north by the Reatin Mountains , named after the city , which reach 2.217  m slm in Monte Terminillo . In the south, the Conca di Rieti is closed off by the Sabine Mountains . The Conca di Rieti almost completely occupies the municipal area and extends in the east and south into the mountain regions. The area extends over a height bis 370 of 2.105  m slm

Numerous districts, hamlets and individual farms belong to the community. The most important are the modern residential and industrial areas of Madonna del Cuore , Madonna del Passo , Quattro Strade and Vazia in the valley north and east of the old town. In the Sabine Mountains are the villages of Casette, Castel San Benedetto, Cerchiara, Maglianello, Poggio Fidoni, Poggio Perugino, San Giovanni Reatino and Sant'Elia. The villages of Castelfranco, Lisciano and Lugnano and the winter sports resort Pian de 'Valli in the Terminillo area are located in the Reatin Mountains .

The neighboring communities are Belmonte in Sabina , Cantalice , Casperia , Castel Sant'Angelo , Cittaducale , Colli sul Velino , Concerviano , Contigliano , Greccio , Longone Sabino , Micigliano , Monte San Giovanni in Sabina , Montenero Sabino , Poggio Bustone , Rivodutri , Roccantica , Stroncone ( TR ), Terni (TR) and Torricella in Sabina .

The community is located in earthquake zone 2 (medium risk).

Name and coat of arms

The name Rieti derives from the ancient name Reate the Sabines for the city forth. The meaning of this name is unknown. According to legend, it goes back to Rhea Silvia , mother of Romulus and Remus .

The adjective to Rieti (reatino) and the name of the city's residents (Reatini) are still derived from the Latin name Reate .

The coat of arms consists of a divided shield. Above on a red background two figures in silver. A female figure with a standard and a rider. Below on a blue background a net with three silver fish. The figures are supposed to represent Rhea Silvia , legendary namesake of the city, who hands the city flag to Manius Curius Dentatus , the Roman conqueror Rietis. The fish indicate the abundance of fish in the rivers in the Rieti area. The city colors are red and blue.


Rieti goes back to the ancient Reate, the capital of the Sabines . It was conquered for the Roman Empire by Manius Curius Dentatus . Rieti has been the seat of a bishop since around 500 AD. In the Middle Ages it was a free commune before it became part of the Papal States .

At Rieti there was a battle on March 7, 1821 between an Austrian intervention army under the command of Johann Maria Frimont von Palota and 50,000 men of Neapolitan troops under General Guglielmo Pepe during the uprising of the Carbonari . The Battle of Rieti ended with the defeat of the Neapolitan army.

Population development
year 1881 1901 1921 1936 1951 1971 1991 2001 2011
Residents 19,420 21,071 22,234 27,714 33.241 39.179 43,095 43,785 47,774

Source: ISTAT


Mayor and City Council

Simone Pietrangeli ( SEL ) was in the runoff election on 20./21. Elected Mayor in May 2012. He defeated Antonio Perelli ( PdL ) with 67.2%. Pietrangeli's center-left coalition also had a majority in the local council with 20 out of 32 seats.

On June 11, 2017, the municipal council was re-elected. The majority of the newly elected mayor Antonio Cicchetti received 50.2% of the vote, the minority around Simone Pietrangeli reached 49.8%.

town hall

Mayor of Rieti:

  • 1992-1993: Paolo Bigliocchi
  • 1994–2002: Antonio Cicchetti ( AN )
  • 2002–2012: Giuseppe Emili ( PdL )
  • 2012–2017: Simone Pietrangeli ( SEL )
  • since 2017: Antonio Cicchetti ( AN )

Twin cities


The Romanesque cathedral from 1225 , the bishop's palace, which dates back to 1283, and the city fortifications from the 13th century are well worth seeing .


The chemical fiber and sugar industries are important .


  • Strada Statale 4 Italia.svgRieti is located on Strada stadale SS 4 Via Salaria , which leads from Rome to San Benedetto del Tronto on the Adriatic coast . Since ancient times, Via Salaria, coming from the south at the Forum, today Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, has turned at right angles to the east. The route is now called Via Roma and Via Garibaldi. In addition to the modern bridge over the Velino, the ruins of the Roman predecessor can still be seen. The modern Via Salaria runs as a bypass road with separate lanes to the south of the old town.
  • Strada Statale 79 Italia.svgIn Rieti, the Strada stadale SS 79 Ternana branches off from it , which leads to Terni.
  • TrenoThe city has a train station on the Terni – Sulmona railway line .
  • The Rieti airfield is designed for motor planes and gliders.


An athletics Grand Prix meeting has been held in Rieti since 1971, at which the Jamaican Asafa Powell set a new world record in the 100 meter run in a time of 9.74 seconds on September 9, 2007 . The Rieti Meeting has been part of the IAAF World Challenge series since 2010 .

The American basketball player Joe Bryant played from 1984 to 1986 in Rieti (then another 5 years in Italy); his son, today's NBA star Kobe Bryant , attended elementary school in Rieti and thus laid the foundation for his fluent knowledge of Italian.

On August 29, 2010, the Kenyan David Rudisha improved his world record in Rieti with 1: 41.01 min over the 800 meter distance by eight hundredths of a second.

From July 18 to 21, 2013, the Junior European Athletics Championships took place in the Raul Guidobaldi Stadium in Rieti .


sons and daughters of the town

People related to the city

Web links

Commons : Rieti  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.
  2. ^ Italian civil defense
  3. Isabella Ackerman, Walter Kleindel: The Chronicle of Austria. Chronik Verlag, 1994, p. 311.
  4. istat 2011 - Rieti , accessed on January 18, 2018
  5. Information from the Ministry of the Interior ( Memento of the original dated May 10, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed on May 23, 2012 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / comunali.interno.it
  6. GN-online of April 26, 2010: Nordhorn's partnership with Rieti sealed - contract signed today in Italy