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Greccio is certainly one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the Reatina Valley. The ancient medieval village preserves its structure intact, typical of a fortified "castrum", in which the remains of the Castle, dating back to the 11th century, stand out. The small town has had a gradual development over the centuries and this is clearly visible from the various architectural structures.
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A look at Greccio
A look at Greccio

About the village

Greccio rises on a hill in the western edges of the Rieti Valley, on the border with Umbria in the high part of Lazio and almost 300 metres high compared to the valley floor. Greccio was founded, according to the tradition, by a community or a Greek family, who escaped or was exiled from its country after wars and obliterations, that decided to settle down there after falling in love with the amenities of the place and for the comfort of the natural defenses that it offered. From here came the name Grecia, Grece, Grecce and at last Greccio.

The first information about it dates back to the X-XI century, when the fragmentary properties of the Farfa Abbey were gathered together and the encastellation of manors was completed. From the ruins of the old constructions we can notice that Greccio became a fortified medieval castle surrounded by walls and protected by six fortified towers. The hamlet is encircled by beautiful oak and evergreen oak woods that offer the visitor the opportunity to experience long walks on dark and evocative paths, arriving to the peak of Monte Lacerone at 1.204 mt above the sea level. Here, Saint Francis of Assisi used to withdraw in prayer and meditation in a hut protected by two common hornbeams. In this very place, in 1792, a little commemorative chapel called "la Cappelletta", dedicated to him, was built according to the people's will.

The ancient medieval hamlet, which benefits from an excellent panorama, preserves part of the old castle flooring (around the XI century) and three of the six towers of which the older one was transformed into the Bell Tower in the XVII century. The parish church dedicated to the archangel Michael rises next to the bell tower on the top of a spectacular staircase and dates back to the XIV century.

Greccio is well known for having hosted several times Saint Francis of Assisi who, here, commemorated for the first time the representation of the Nativity scene in 1223. In everlasting memory of this event the Hermitage of Greccio Sanctuary was built, one of the four sanctuaries erected by Saint Francis in the Sacred Valley, along with Fonte Colombo, Foresta and Poggio Bustone sancturaries. 

Village of Greccio
Municipality of Greccio

Province of Rieti
Lazio Region

Population: 1.554
Altitude centre: 388 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Comunità Montana Montepiano Reatino

Municipality of Greccio
Via Limiti Nord 17 - Greccio (RI)
Tel. +39 0746 750591


  • From the north, take the A1 to the Orte exit and from there towards Terni or take the E45 (Perugia / Cesena) to Terni. Continue on the Terni / Orte ring road and exit at Terni Est towards Rieti. Continue on the Terni / Rieti ring road and exit at Greccio.
  • From the south, take the A1 and exit at Roma Nord. Continue to Fiano Romano and then take the Salaria towards Rieti. Once in Rieti, take the junction for Terni and exit at Greccio.


  • Rieti station
  • Terni station


  • Rome Ciampino Airport
  • Perugia airport
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport

Sleep, eat, buy...

Restaurant del Passeggero
Piazza Roma, 12 - 02040, Greccio
Caseificio Storico di Amatrice
Località Ponte Sommati - 02012, Amatrice (Rieti)
36.68 Kilometers from Greccio
RFG Immobiliare S.r.l.
SP5 - 02010, Labro (Rieti)
9.83 Kilometers from Greccio


september, 2020

San Michele Arcangelo

From the blog

In 1223 Greccio, then known as Grecciae, was a small village perched on a rocky bastion dominating the vast plain of Rieti. Founded in the first half of the XI century, presumably on the ashes of a former Greek colony, "curtis de Greze", from which probably derives its current name, already in 1016 there is certain information about its existence from chronicles of Farfa's Regesto, and other citations of the toponym appear later, with differen...
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