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FALE´RIA or FALE´SIA, a port on the coast of Etruria, nearly opposite to the island of Ilva, and a little to the eastward of the promontory of Populonium. It is mentioned by Ratilius, in his voyage along this coast (Itin. 1.371--380), under the name of Faleria: but in the Maritime Itinerary (p. 501) the name is written Falesia, which appears to have been the prevalent form, as the Portus Falesiae, or Porto Falese, is repeatedly mentioned in the middle ages until it became so choked with sand as to render it useless. (Targioni-Tozzetti, Viaggi nella Toscana, vol. iv.) It was situated at the entrance of an extensive lagoon or padule, which, in the time of Rutilius, was converted into a fishpond.


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