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Brancaleone and other stories

Thanks to its Roman aqueduct, the Rocca dei Borgia and the Farnese Bastions, Nepi has been an ideal location for several movies since the 1940s.

Many famous film directors – such as, for instance, Alessandro Blasetti for La corona di ferro (1941) and Nino Manfredi for Between Miracles (Per grazia ricevuta, 1971) - placed their cameras next to the arches of the Roman aqueduct.

Mario Monicelli, the master of the Italian comedy, filmed in Nepi some of the best sequences of The Incredible Army of Brancaleone (L’armata Brancaleone, 1966) and a scene of its sequel, Brancaleone at the Crusades (Brancaleone alle crociate, 1970).

Whilst Monicelli mainly filmed at the Roman aqueduct and at the Farnese Bastions, Riccardo Freda - who directed many adventure and mythological films - chose the Rocca dei Borgia as the location for his melodramatic Castle of Banned Lovers (Beatrice Cenci, 1956).

Set in a picturesque Rome at the beginning of the 1900s and interpreted by Adriano Celentano, Er Più - Storia d’amore e di coltello (1971) was filmed by Sergio Corbucci at the Roman aqueduct, the Farnese Bastions and in the central via Matteotti.

The same locations were chosen by Mario Amendola when directing Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia in Storia di fifa e di coltello - Er seguito der Più (1972), parody sequel to the movie that Corbucci released the previous year. On that occasion though, Amendola also filmed in via Celsi and in the Church of San Pietro. Piazza del Comune and the Town Hall building also appear in many other movies filmed in Nepi.

They are both easily recognizable, for instance, in some scenes of Gli scontenti (1960), a comedy directed by Giuseppe Lipartiti that was almost entirely shot in Nepi and in the surrounding areas.

The film that truly enhances the beauty of Nepi though is The last will be the last (Gli ultimi saranno ultimi, 2015). The Town Hall, Piazza del Comune, Nepi’s central streets and the famous Palio dei Borgia are all masterfully filmed by Massimiliano Bruno in this movie.

Same locations, different genre: all the four seasons (2012-2017) of the famous Italian TV series Le tre rose di Eva (literally: Eva’s three roses) were entirely filmed in Nepi too.

Another original location in the area - the catacombs of Santa Savinilla, just outside Nepi’s city center – was chosen by Elio Petri for his Todo modo (1976) and by Aristide Massaccesi for his horror movie Antropophagus (1980).