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Introduction of Rieti
Town in central Italy, in Rieti province, Latiumregion, 42 mi NNE of Rome. It was an importantcenter of the Sabines, an ancient people of this region,who were conquered by the Romans in 290 b.c. Inthe 12th century a.d. the town belonged to theGuelphs, the pro-papal faction of the later MiddleAges. The town is often associated with St. Francis ofAssisi, and it was a center of the Franciscan Orderand of investigations by the Inquisition into hereticalFranciscans in the 1340s. To the northwest is Greccio,a sanctuary where St. Francis created the firstChristmas presepio, or Nativity scene, in 1223. Rietibecame part of the Papal States (States of theChurch), the temporal domain of the papacy, in 1354and remained so until annexed to Italy in 1870. Thetown was badly damaged in World War II. It is surroundedby 13th-century walls and was the birthplacein 116 b.c. of Marcus Terentius Varro, Roman manof letters. The Palazzo Comunale contains a museumof classical and medieval art.Town in central Italy, in Rieti province, Latiumregion, 42 mi NNE of Rome. It was an importantcenter of the Sabines, an ancient people of this region,who were conquered by the Romans in 290 b.c. Inthe 12th century a.d. the town belonged to theGuelphs, the pro-papal faction of the later MiddleAges. The town is often associated with St. Francis ofAssisi, and it was a center of the Franciscan Orderand of investigations by the Inquisition into hereticalFranciscans in the 1340s. To the northwest is Greccio,a sanctuary where St. Francis created the firstChristmas presepio, or Nativity scene, in 1223. Rietibecame part of the Papal States (States of theChurch), the temporal domain of the papacy, in 1354and remained so until annexed to Italy in 1870. Thetown was badly damaged in World War II. It is surroundedby 13th-century walls and was the birthplacein 116 b.c. of Marcus Terentius Varro, Roman manof letters. The Palazzo Comunale contains a museumof classical and medieval art.

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