Ghost towns in Central Italy: FALERII NOVI
The site is now abandoned and, besides the Church of Santa Maria and the Abbey, there are no other buildings standing but just ruins and the remains of the city walls made of red tuff.
The original town of Falerii (called Falerii Veteres) was one of the twelve chief cities of Etruria; it was destroyed by Romans in 241 BC and then rebuilt 5 kilometres away with the name of Falerii Novi (New Falerii).
Ghost towns in Central Italy: CELLENO
The village was abandoned in 1855 after an earthquake, which was only the last of several sad circumstances –among which a plague and a landslide- that had devastated the town.
I found especially fascinating the area of Piazza del Comune, bordered by the Romanesque Church of San Donato, the Orsini Castle, the clock tower (which charmingly lost its clock) and the Church of San Carlo (or –better- its ruins).
Another beautiful aspect of the ghost town of Celleno is the fact that you can glimpse at the abandoned interiors of its houses, which were built in red tuff and were small like cells (hence the name of the village, from “cella”, which means “cell” in Italian).
Circumnavigating the ghost town you can also enjoy a great view over the surrounding valley, hopefully realizing that the landscape of Northern Lazio is as good as the way more popular scenery of nearby Tuscany!
Ghost towns in Central Italy: CHIA VECCHIA
BONUS TRACK: FERENTO