Civita Castellana

Civita Castellana is the largest town of the Agro Falisco, a place rich with history and treasures to be discovered. The town of Civita Castellana lies upon towering spurs of tuff, deep gorges cutting into the cliffs, offering views of breathtaking beauty, such as the one you can admire from Ponte Clementino, the bridge separating the old center and the modern town. Back in ancient times the name of the town was Falerii Veteres, the capital city of the Faliscan civilization. During the Renaissance, it was chosen to house the papal residence. Among the most famous popes to reside here we can name Alessandro VI Borgia and Giulio II della Rovere. Civita Castellana is surrounded by nature and archeological sites, only a few kilometers away from Via Amerina and the ancient Faleri Novi. Civita Castellana became an important road hub with the connection to the Via Flaminia (1606) and the construction of Ponte Clementino sometime after the Battle of Civita Castellana, a French Army victory against a Neapolitan Army here on December 5, 1798 while this community was still part of the 1798-1799 Roman Republic after the fall of the 754-1798 Papal States but before the return of the 1799-1809 Papal States.