Rieti

Rieti (Italian: [ˈrjɛːti]; Latin: Reate, Sabino: Riete) is an ancient town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, with a population of 47,700. It is the administrative seat of the province of Rieti and see of the diocese of Rieti, as well as the modern capital of the Sabina region.

Rieti
Comune di Rieti
The city centre of Rieti as seen from San Mauro hill, east of the city. In the background, the Rieti valley enclosed by the Sabine mountains; in the foreground, the Velino river.
Location of Rieti
Rieti
Location of Rieti in Italy
Rieti
Rieti (Lazio)
Coordinates: 42°24′N 12°52′E
CountryItaly
RegionLazio
ProvinceRieti (RI)
FrazioniCase San Benedetto, Casette, Castelfranco, Cerchiara, Chiesa Nuova, Cupaello, Lisciano, Lugnano, Maglianello, Moggio, Piane di Poggio Fidoni, Piani di Sant'Elia, Piè di Moggio, Poggio Fidoni, Poggio Perugino, San Giovanni Reatino, Sant'Elia, Vaiano, Vazia
Government
  MayorAntonio Cicchetti (FI)
Area
  Total206.52 km2 (79.74 sq mi)
Elevation
405 m (1,329 ft)
Population
 (30 April 2008)[2]
  Total47,745
  Density230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Reatini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
02100
Dialing code0746
Patron saintSt. Barbara
Saint dayDecember 4
WebsiteOfficial website

The town centre stands on a small hilltop, commanding from the southern edge the wide Rieti valley, at the bottom of the Sabine hills and of monti Reatini, including mount Terminillo. The plain was once a large lake, drained by the ancient Romans, and is now the fertile basin of the Velino River. Only the small Ripasottile and Lungo lakes remain of the larger original.