Fabrica di Roma VT

Fabrica di Roma

Close to Lake Vico, a few kilometres from Viterbo, stands Fabrica di Roma, the ancient capital of the Falisci people, also known for its tempting culinary traditions.

The Farnese Castle and the Collegiate Church of San Silvestro encapsulate the medieval spirit of the town centre. Waiting to be discovered are the frescoes that decorate the entire apse of San Silvestro, a little Renaissance masterpiece by the brothers Torresani. The Church of Santa Maria della Pietà has an octagonal layout that recalls the architecture of Antonio da Sangallo. As with his buildings, a dome was planned, but it was never constructed.

A few kilometres from Fabrica di Roma, the remains of the age-old Faleri Novii are not to be missed. The town was built for the surviving inhabitants of Falerii (today Civita Castellana), destroyed by the Romans in 241 BC. Of the ancient centre close to Via Amerina, we can still see the encircling stone walls with the gate, traces of some buildings of the Forum, mostly covered by vegetation, and the Abbey Church of Santa Maria di Falleri. Built around 1100 AD, possibly by Cistercian monks, this monastic complex is a Romanesque jewel, with five apses still intact, with little arches. The front door and the interior, remodelled over time, have recently been restored to their former glory.

The town is also renowned for three unmissable gastronomic occasions: in November the Festival devoted to the Fagiolo Carne, a high-quality bean that can only be grown here, so precious that it was once used as a trading currency, and today recognised as a typical agri-food product. In August the Beer Festival; and in July, the Sagra della Pecora, dedicated to the sheep and all things ovine, a symbol of the deep bond with the land and of traditional practices like seasonal pastoralism, deeply-rooted in the Tuscia region.

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