Province of Rieti, Latium, Italy

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About Cittaducale

Cittaducale (locally Cieta) is a comune (municipality) in the province of Rieti in the Italian region of Lazio, located approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles) northeast of Rome and approximately 7 kilometers (4 miles) southeast of Rieti. As of December 31, 2004, it had a population of 6,799 and an area of 71.0 square kilometers (27.4 square miles). It was once part of the Abruzzo region.

The municipality of Cittaducale contains the hamlets (subdivisions, mainly hamlets and hamlets) Santa Rufina, Grotti, Calcariola, Pendenza, Cesoni and Micciani.

Cittaducale borders the following municipalities: Borgo Velino, Castel Sant'Angelo, Longone Sabino, Micigliano, Petrella Salto, Rieti.


With the territory taken from the diocese of Rieti, Pope Alexander VI made Cittaducale the seat of a new diocese on January 24, 1502, but in light of the objections raised by cardinal Giovanni Colonna, who was administrator of the diocese of Rieti, Pope Julius II suppressed the new seat on 8 November 1505. However, after the death of the cardinal and at the request of the bishop of Rieti, the same pope restored the diocese on 16 October 1508.

The diocese continued as a residential home until the death of its bishop Pasquale Martini in 1798, after which it was entrusted to a vicar of the bishop of Rieti until Pope Pius VII joined him on 27 June 1818 to the archdiocese of L'Aquila. Eventually, in 1976 it again became part of the diocese of Rieti, as originally.

No longer a residential bishopric, the Ducal City is today listed by the Catholic Church as the titular see.

Demographic evolution


Cittaducale has a station on the Terni - Sulmona railway, with trains for Terni, Rieti and L'Aquila.

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