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The Roman city, which keeps the pre-Roman name, was founded in the 1st century BC in a strategic position, dominating the Valley, in a territory already frequented since Neolithic times (IV-III Millennium BC).
After the construction of the via Postumia (148 BC), the Center received great impetus and reached maximum flowering in the Imperial age (I-II century AD). He became a city characterized by typical Roman urbanism monumental forms: forensic square, temples, theatre and amphitheatre, baths and private housing estates.
During late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages Libarna dwindled to a vill
Only a few archaeological finds from the excavations of Libarna remained in Serravalle Scrivia and are today on display in the exhibition hall located on the ground floor of the Town Hall, via Berthoud 49. A visit to this exhibition, set up in 2006 and accompanied by precise captions, it is of great interest to anyone who has visited the archeological site and wants to enrich his knowledge of daily life in the ancient Roman city: architectural fragments allow to imagine buildings which are the remains of their decoration, the fountain to reflect on fundamental role that water had to have in th