Saint Francis's Beech Tree

Apr 10, 2020 155

THE VALLEY OF RIETI IN Sabina is known as Valle Santa (Holy Valley) for the number of Franciscan monasteries that dot this forested region northeast of Rome. There are several legends associated with the saint, one of which might have left traces that are still visible today. 

In the woods above the small town of Rivodutri, along the Way of Saint Francis, an extraordinary beech tree is said to have assumed its present shape when it sheltered the saint during a storm. This legend explains why, unlike other beech trees, this particular monumental tree has assumed its present “weeping” shape. 

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