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Now Rieti; an ancient town of the Sabines in Central Italy, said to have been founded by the Aborigines or Pelasgians, was situated on the Lacus Velinus and the Via Salaria. It was the chief place of assembly for the Sabines, and was subsequently a praefectura or a municipium. The valley in which Reaté was situated was so beautiful that it received the name of Tempé; and in its neighbourhood is the celebrated waterfall, which is now known under the name of the Fall of Terni or the Cascade delle Marmore.

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