Rieti is in the region of Lazio, northeast of Rome, near the border with Abruzzo and Le Marche. It is on the "St. Francis Trail", where the beloved saint from Assisi passed through and ministered. The area is a contrast to Rome, with lots of sleepy villages, country castles, quiet old monasteries and natural splendor. The ancient city of Rieti dates back to many millennia prior to the Romans. The ancient capital of Sabina, it has long been a center of civilization for different tribes and peoples.