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Labro (Rieti province)

A town of northeastern Lazio: 42°31.5N, 12°48E. Altitude: 628 m. Population in 2003: 350.
A small town dribbling down one side of a wooded hill from the summit, where a square tower juts out of the houses. It is a distant view of Labro, a town of the northeastern Lazio (central Italy).

I've never been to Labro, and this is the only photo I have of the town, almost painfully beautiful on its clump of green at the northern edge of the Lazio; in my memory a second, stunning view of her from much closer, and my friend Karen at the wheel, "Shall we stop?"

Next time. It won't be the first time I'll have waited a few years to see one of the beautiful towns of Italy.

More formally, Labro is one of the remoter villages of central Italy in the mountains about 21 km N of the provincial capital of Rieti, on a side road from Terni in Umbria (19 km W) to Leonessa (24 km ENE).

The town, thoroughly medieval in appearance, with small arched streets, is not said to have any outstanding monument; in translation, that means just the medieval castle the tower of which you see above, at the very top of the hill; the parish church of S. Maria (1508) with several attractive items, mostly wood, of the same period; and the 15c church of the Madonna della Neve with a Renaissance door and a beautiful cloister.

So, until I get closer to Labro than my current best of 500 yards, I'll point out the obvious: for much fuller and better information, you should see the sites linked in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page; the official site has some very beautiful photos (the thumbnails there open full-size).


Most of the comuni in the Lazio include in their territories some smaller towns and hamlets, of a few hundred inhabitants if that, with a certain administrative identity of their own: as elsewhere in Italy, these are referred to as the frazioni of the comune. Those of Labro — I haven't visited any of them — are:

Case Tolla • Colle del Lupo • Colle di Mezzo • Colle Rucciolo • Colle Sorbo • Colle Sterleta • Collelungo • Collicelle • Macchie Alte • Macchie Basse • Madonna della Luce • Valle Avanzana

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