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Leonessa is a town and comune in the far northeastern part of the Province of Rieti in the Lazio region of Italy. Its population in 2003 was around 2,700.
Situated in a small plain at the foot of Mt. Terminillo, one of the highest mountains of the Apennine range, in the winter Leonessa is known mostly as a low-key staging center for the ski slopes of the Terminillo, and in the summer as a weekend vacation town frequented for the most part by Romans with local roots.
Historically, the town is known mostly as the birthplace of St. Giuseppe di Leonessa.
Initially was called Gonessa and changed name, for the demonstrated fidelity, around to 1450. In 1347 it had and burnt from the king of Hungary, and in the 1569 Spoleto it came to an agreement its citizenship to all the inhabitants of Leonessa. Even if today is in Lazio and in order nearly all its history has made part of the reign of Naples, Leonessa until years ' 70 of 1900 has made part of the diocese of Spoleto and has always had strong ties with the Umbria and today it asks to make some it leave.

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