Faenza (ancient Faventia), a town of Italy, 20 miles S.W. of Ravenna. It is said to have given the name "faience" to the glazed and ornamented earthenware that was first made there about the close of the 13th century, but it is a curious coincidence that Fayence in France was very early the seat of the same industry. The town possesses a citadel, a cathedral, and several interesting churches. It is the birthplace of Torricelli, the physicist.