Falerna

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Falerna
Comune
Comune di Falerna
Falerna-lungomare.jpg
Coat of arms of Falerna
Coat of arms
Falerna is located in Italy
Falerna
Falerna
Location of Falerna in Italy
Coordinates: 39°00′08″N 16°10′20″E / 39.00222°N 16.17222°E / 39.00222; 16.17222Coordinates: 39°00′08″N 16°10′20″E / 39.00222°N 16.17222°E / 39.00222; 16.17222
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Catanzaro (CZ)
Frazioni Castiglione Marittimo, Falerna Scalo, Quella Banda Sanguinello
Government
 • Mayor Giovanni Costanzo
Area
 • Total 23.9 km2 (9.2 sq mi)
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 3,954
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Demonym Falernesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 88042
Dialing code 0968
Patron saint Thomas Aquinas
Website Official website

Falerna (Greek: Phalerne) is a town and comune in the province of Catanzaro, in the Calabria region of southern Italy.[1] It lies on the A3 motorway.

There are two sections of the city. Falerna, the oldest section, lies atop a set of cliffs. Falerna Marina is situated on the seashore and boasts a fine beach and several hotels. Castiglione Marittimo is a "frazione" of the Falerna municipality; it is a former Norman outpost.

Many of Falerna's sons and daughters emigrated to the United States, in particular western Pennsylvania, and a few have returned to their home town in retirement. Older residents speak a distinct dialect of Italian known as Falernese. It is dying out as media and schools continue to standardize the Italian language throughout the nation.

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