Just north of Rome, on the Via Flaminia, stands Morlupo perched on a tuff outcrop overlooking the valley below. Its roots lie in the history of the Capenati, a pre-Roman population. The first major history dates from the fourth and fifth centuries while the records of real human presence date back to the ninth and tenth century A.D. when the populations of the plain began to seek refuge in the mountains to escape the incursions of the Saracens and Barbarians. It was in this period that the church acquired the land in the valley in exchange for personal protection.
Pope John VIII gave then the lands to Count Giovanni Leone, who built the church of St. John the Baptist where he was buried in 898, and then to the Benedictine monks of St. Paul Outside the Walls of Rome. Pope Nicholas III Orsini, finally, in 1277 assigned it to the Orsini family, and with ups and downs, had it in their care until 1613 when it passed to the Borghese.
In the cemetery of Morlupo the film ‘Grande, Grosso e Verdone’ by Carlo Verdone was shot.