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1250-1350: This is the historical period in which you will find yourself, if you come to Bevagna at the end of June every year.

You might easily think that you have been catapulted into a distant past, as every detail will make you feel a part of the Middle Ages rediscovered.

There are the streetlights, the noise of tools coming from the ancient craft shops, the inviting scents from the  taverns, as well as the characters wearing tunics and boots. The source of such carefully reconstructed  surroundings and customs of daily life in the 14th and 15th centuries is the 16th century Statute of the Municipality of Bevagna.

Valuable information for the historical reconstruction of political, administrative, economic and social history of the town comes from this Statute. This was the period in which Bevagna was divided into four districts: San Giorgio, San Giovanni, San Pietro and Santa Maria. These were called Gaite and were the basis of the town’s administrative organization.

 

During the event, the Gaite compete with each other, reintroducing historically accurate reconstructions of the roles they played in medieval times. There are four subject areas of rivalry:  the market competition, the professions competition, the food and wine competition, inspired by ancient recipes, and the sports competition, which is archery. The winner is judged on historical relevance by a commission of experts, and receives a prize: the palio della vittoria. This market represents an important moment: the stalls, selling simple, traditional or more elaborate products, bring life to the streets. In the shops, where the activities of the past are reproduced, you can admire the characters intent in performing the ancient techniques of work and you can also find fabrics, paper, leather goods, wicker, wrought iron or copper, ropes, handmade candles, cheese, fish, freshly baked bread and focaccia breads. All this exists in a jovial, festive atmosphere, enriched by moments of study, choreography, music, theatre and games.


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