Amatrice is a town in the province of Rieti, in northern Lazio, very famous for the amatriciana sauce, a special tomato sauce for spaghetti, vermicelli or bucatini. It is a recipe of humble origins, prepared by the shepherds with few ingredients when they followed their flocks.

Initially the recipes had only the bacon cut into thin slices, pecorino cheese and spaghetti, but in the eighteenth century has been enriched with tomato and olive oil. Today the amatriciana is mistakenly considered a dish of Roman tradition, but in fact was brought to Rome by the inhabitants of Amatrice emigrated to Rome following the crisis of pastoralism. Located in a green valley on the border with Umbria, Marche and Abruzzo, surrounded by mountains exceeding 2,400 meters, Amatrice is also interesting in other ways: in the historic center stands the civic tower of the thirteenth century and the church of Sant’Agostino, with its bell towers and the beautiful late Gothic portal.

Moreover Amatrice is the natural entrance to the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga and it houses the miniature gardens of knowledge where monuments, animals and the entire territory of the park are reproduced in scale.

To see

Church of San Martino - Situated in the village of San Martino, the church has a Way of the Cross illustrated by French Dubarcelle.

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie - Also called the Sanctuary of the Passatora Icon for the votive image of the Madonna located on the road; the church contains frescoes of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century.

Sanctuary of the Madonna di Filetta - A church with Romanesque style situated in the hamlet of Filetta.

Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

Miniature park - Garden of knowledge that reproduces territories, monuments and animals of the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga.


To taste

Amatriciana - First dish based on pasta, bacon, tomato sauce and cheese.

Cold cuts - Amatrice preserves an ancient tradition in the production of bacon, ham, loin, sausage, bacon.

Pecorino amatriciano - Typical product of dairy production.