Located on the Via Francigena del Nord, 50 km from Rome and 40 from Viterbo, Nepi stands on a vast tufaceous promontory, surrounded by two gorges crossed by torrents. The village’s name comes from Nepa, which in Etruscan means “water”.
A town of Oil and Hazelnuts, Nepi’s origins date to prehistory, as archaeological finds testify. According to legend, however, it was founded six centuries before Rome by the valiant Termo Larte.
Today the village is known for the impressive fortress, Rocca dei Borgia, built along the Via Amerina in 1500 on previous defensive settlements, and for mineral water from the same source used by the ancient Romans for the Gracchi Baths.
A must-see in the village: the Cathedral or Duomo of Nepi, with various alterations over time, most recently the reconstruction of the roof after the fire caused by French troops in 1798. From its most ancient phase is the beautiful crypt; the Municipal Hall, a splendid example of Renaissance architecture, ordered by Duke Pier Luigi Farnese and designed by architect Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, was built between 1542 and the end of 1700; of historical importance are the Church of San Biagio, Church of San Tolomeo and the catacombs of Santa Savinilla; finally, the Acqueduct built in 1500.
Hiking, trekking and mountain biking will make you fall in love with this village and the surrounding nature, as in the 1800s with William Turner, Camille Corot and Massimo d’Azeglio.
In the local cuisine, pork is the queen of the Nepi “doc” products with salame cotto and scapicollata.
Desserts include Christmas fagottelli and le fave dei morti, accompanied by sambuca on All Saints Day. And again, pecorino romano and the Nepi onion.