Falerii Novi (Fabrica di Roma)
Falerii was the main city of Faliscan, a pre-Roman population in central Italy, whose origins are not clear. After the Roman conquest of Southern Etruria Falerii joined the Etruscan dodecapolis. During the First Punic War, Falerii, already Romanized, rebelled to the control of Rome, but than they reconquered it and destroyed it. Later the Romans founded a new settlement, which was called Falerii Novi (New Falerii): then the old town took the name of Falerii Veteres (Old Falerii). During the 10th c., due to the raids of the Normans, Falerii Novi was abandoned and reconstituted on the old site of Faleri veteres, which later became Civita Castellana. Well preserved city walls surround the ruins of Falerii: through the ancient gate of Porta Giove you can reach the site. The archaeological excavations have uncovered homes, theater and city streets, including a section of Via Cimina. The most visible monument is the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria of Falerii, which was built in the 12th c.