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 Augustan Regio VI. It lay on the western branch of the Via Flaminia, 13 km (8 mi) WSW of Forum Flaminii, where the branches rejoin.

In 310 BC the consul Fabius broke the Umbrian forces here; but otherwise it is not mentioned until the 1st century AD. In 69 the army of Vitellius awaited here the advance of Vespasian.

Pastures near the Tinia river and the white oxen of the Clitumnus (modern. Clitunno) River are mentioned by Propertius, whose family was from the area (from Assisium, Hispellum, or Mevania itself): they may refer to Mevania. Mevania is specifically mentioned by the later writers Silius Italicus, Lucan and Statius.

There are important remains of a temple near the north gate, of a theatre built into modern houses in the (misnamed) via dell'Anfiteatro, lesser remains of a second temple in the church of San Vincenzo near the east gate, mosaics belonging to midsized baths in the via Porta Guelfa, and very scanty remains of an amphitheatre at some distance from the modern town. The original walls, which have disappeared, were, according to Pliny (Hist. Nat. xxxv.173), built of unbaked bricks. The town now has a complete circuit of medieval stone walls that are said to be very near, if not identical with, the Roman walls.

After the Lombard conquest, it became the seat of a gastald in the Duchy of Spoleto, and after the year 1000 it was a free commune. In 1152 Frederick Barbarossa set it on fire. In 1249 it was again destroyed by the Count of Aquino. The Trinci family ruled it from 1371 to 1439. Later it was part of the Papal States until the unification of Italy.

Church of San 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 theatre.
  • Roman thermae with mosaics of marine life.
  • Castle of Cantalupo.
  • Castle of Castelbuono.
  • Church of Limigiano.
  • Castle of Torre del Colle.

Culture[edit]

The main events held in Bevagna include:

  • Primavera medievale (April): exposition of local culinary and artistic 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 tastings.
  • Mercato delle Gaite (June): big summer festival with medieval banquets, processions, challenges between the four gaite (quarters – those of San Giorgio, San Giovanni, San Pietro, and Santa Maria) and taverns.

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