Bevagna

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Bevagna
Comune
Comune di Bevagna
Piazza Silvestri
Piazza Silvestri
Coat of arms of Bevagna
Coat of arms
Bevagna is located in Italy
Bevagna
Bevagna
Location of Bevagna in Italy
Coordinates: 42°56′25″N 12°36′34″E / 42.94028°N 12.60944°E / 42.94028; 12.60944Coordinates: 42°56′25″N 12°36′34″E / 42.94028°N 12.60944°E / 42.94028; 12.60944
Country Italy
Region Umbria
Province Perugia
Frazioni Cantalupo di Bevagna,
Gaglioli,
Limigiano,
Torre del Colle,
Campofondo, Castelbuono, Madonna della Pia
Government
 • Mayor Enrico Bastioli
Area
 • Total 56 km2 (22 sq mi)
Elevation 210 m (690 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 5,013
 • Density 90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Demonym Bevanati
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 06031
Dialing code 0742
Patron saint Saint Vincent
Saint day June 6
Website Official website

Bevagna is a town and comune in the central part of the Italian province of Perugia (Umbria), in the flood plain of the Topino river.

Bevagna is 25 km (15 mi) SE of Perugia, 8 km west of Foligno, 7 km north-north-west of Montefalco, 16 km south of Assisi and 15 km (9 mi) north-west of Trevi.

It has a population of c. 5,000, with the town of Bevagna proper accounting for about half of that.

History[edit]

The city was originally an Etruscan-Oscan settlement. Around 80-90 BC it became a Roman municipium, called Mevania. In the 3rd-4th centuries AD it was probably an episcopal see and, after the Lombard conquest, the seat of a gastald in the Duchy of Spoleto.

After the year 1000 Bevagna was a free commune. In 1152 Frederick Barbarossa set it on fire. In 1249 it was again destroyed by the Count of Aquino. In 1371-1439 it was ruled by the Trinci family. Later it was part of the Papal States until the unification of Italy.

Church of S. Michele Arcangelo, in Bevagna.

The painter Andrea Camassei (1602–1649) was born in Bevagna.

Main sights[edit]

  • Palazzo dei Consoli, known from 1187, with Teatro F. Torti (1886)
  • Romanesque church of S. Michele Arcangelo (12th-13th centuries)
  • Romanesque church of S. Silvestro (1195).
  • Church of Sant'Agostino (1316).
  • Church of San Nicolò.
  • Church of Santa Maria in Laurenzia, built in the 13th century and later enlarged.
  • Church of San Vincenzo (known from the 12th century).
  • The medieval walls.
  • Ruins of a Roman Temple.
  • Ruins of a Roman Theater.
  • Roman Therme with mosaics of marine life.
  • Castle of Cantalupo.
  • Castle of Castelbuono.
  • Church of Limigiano.
  • Castle of Torre del Colle.

Culture[edit]

Main events held in Bevagna include:

  • Primavera medievale (April): exposition of local culinaric and artistical products held by the Associazione Mercato delle Gaitte.
  • Arte in Tavola (end of April): Spring festival with exhibitions by local artists, concerts, exhibitions of local products and dishes with degustation.
  • Mercato delle Gaite (June): big summer festival with medieval banquettes, processions, challenges between the four gaite (quarters) and taverns.

The four Gaite of Bevagna are San Giorgio, San Giovanni, San Pietro and Santa Maria.

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