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Visiting Nepi: 5 thing to see in the village known for its water

The term comes from the Etruscan word Nepa which means "water". This is one of the greatest treasures of the town and nowadays is famous in all the world.

Two doors, Porta Romana and Porta Nica allow you to get into the town which has various tourist attractions that we suggest you in this article. Thus if you are visiting Nepi do not miss it!

The old aqueduct

The aqueduct, still in perfect condition, was built by a team of architects including the brilliant Giacomo Barozzi called Vignola, who also designed the magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola.

Nepi's aqueduct

Nepi's aqueduct

As soon as it was built it could not work though. We had to wait until the architect Filippo Barigioni put in place the system of large arches still visible and which guaranteed the water supply in all the village.

Borgia's Castle

The Borgia's Caste is situated on the confluence of two rivers: the Puozzolo and the Falisco river. The castle, as we see it, today is the result of works during the fifteenth century, which were based on a pre-existing strongholds. The construction takes its name from the important Spanish family of Borgia.

In fact the cardinal Rodrigo, who became the Pope Alexander VI, started the work at the end of 1400.


Borgia' castle entrance

Borgia' castle entrance

The scenery is really impressive and comes alive each summer with a series of different events that attract many visitors from all over the Tuscia and beyond.

In one of the undergrounds, during an excavation, it was found a stretch of paved Roman road and some other ancient traces, dating back to the third century B.C.

The cathedral

The magnificent Nepi's cathedral was built on some ruins of an ancient and destroyed church from the fifth century.

The present structure dates back to 1100 and has undergone many changes and renovations over the centuries, such as the reconstruction of the roof after the fire of 1798.

The facade of the Nepi's Cathedral

The facade of the Nepi's Cathedral

The charming crypt below, which reminds the Sutri Cathedral, is the oldest part and it is worthy visiting it.

Do not miss even Nepi smaller churches such as San Vito, di San Biagio, di San Pietro e della Madonna di Costantinopoli).

Council Palace

The Council Palace is an outstanding example of Renaissance palace, like the one in Caprarola, and it was ordered by a member of the Farnese family, who entrusted the project to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger.

Its construction was begun in mid-1500, but it was completed many year later, only at the end of 1700.

Nepi's Council Palace

Nepi's Council Palace

Incorporated in the arch of the central portico, there is a beautiful fountain built by the architect Filippo Barigioni in 1727, when he concluded the work of the Aqueduct.

La Via Amerina

Outside Nepi, in the direction of Civita Castellana, you can leave the car and walk along the ancient and beautiful Amerina Way.

This road, built in the third century B.C., begins right in the territory of Nepi, near the Valley of Baccano, and ends at the north of Gubbio, connecting with the Flaminia Way.

Finally I can say that visiting Nepi it is really worthy. So if you are around it do not miss the opportunity to see the village of water famous all over the world.

Enjoy your visit.