Farfalla is a colony of the Republic of Molossia. It is located in central Modoc County, about 11 Imperial Nortons (11 km / 6.5 miles) north of the town of Alturas, California. Farfalla is about 7,965 Square Royal Nortons (2 hectares / 4.9 acres) in size and is covered in pines. A small seasonal creek runs through the center, and a year-round spring feeds into the creek. The colony is about .5 Imperial Nortons (.5 km) north of a small lake, and lies in a hilly area known as Mahogany Ridge. The landscape is replete with juniper and piņon trees, wild flowers and grasses. Butterflies abound, hence the name of the colony, for the Italian word for butterfly. This is beautiful country and the pride of Molossia.
Farfalla Colony was originally purchased in September 2003 XXVI. It was the pride of our nation for over two years; in 2005 XXVIII a flagpole was built and a bridge constructed across Deer Run Creek. However, due to economic reasons our government was forced to relinquish Farfalla back to the United States in late 2005 XXVIII. At the same time our nation gained Desert Homestead Province. In spite of the gain of Desert Homestead the loss of Farfalla was felt keenly in Molossia. In early 2015 XXXVIII our government began to explore the possibility of regaining Farfalla, and by happenstance the land was available and quickly became ours again. Thus Farfalla has been restored as a part of Molossia after almost 10 years - and the flag waves once again over our beautiful colony!
Anyone who wishes may visit Farfalla Colony. Farfalla is located outside Alturas, California, about an hour north of Susanville. No advance permission is required for a visit although there is a post-visit toll: please send us a picture of you and yours visiting Farfalla. It's especially nice there in the summer, although rather cold and possibly snowy in the winter. The location is remote but it can easily be reached by car, 4WD not required at all. Of course The President and First Lady will not be there to meet any visitors as it is about a four hour drive from the Molossian home territory. Visitors should beware of ticks and rattlesnakes in the summer months. Although remote there is mobile phone service in case of car trouble, etc. There are no buildings and no amenities of any kind in Farfalla Colony, it is high desert land and pine trees. But it is a part of Molossia! That said, enjoy your visit and send us a picture of your visit; we'll post it to the Farfalla Colony webpage.
To get there, travel to the town of Alturas, California, north of Susanville on US Highway 395. Follow the highway through Alturas, turning east after you pass through town and continuing out of town, north on US Highway 395. After 1.4 miles / 2.25 km, turn north onto Pencil Road. Remain on Pencil Road for 3.6 miles / 5.79 km, turning right onto Steelhead. Travel .5 miles / .8 km on Steelhead, crossing the dam, then turning left onto Tiger Drive. The next left will be Lion Lane; about 450 feet / 137 meters along on the right will be the parking area. The colonial boundaries are marked with white posts and pink tape. Enjoy your visit!