Mercato delle Gaite: a step back to medieval times

If you are around Bevagna in June, you definitely can’t miss the event Mercato delle Gaite, held annually in the last 10 days of June. At this time, the whole town harks back to its medieval past, reviving ancient trades and a half-forgotten atmosphere.

Everybody in town is involved in this historic recreation of the past in all its many aspects, including the making of ropes, wrought iron, textiles, paper and wax. For 10 days, the town of Bevagna is drawn back to Medieval times: the streets are covered with soil and straws, people are wearing the typical medieval custumes and they are engaged in age-old crafts. Even the quiet side streets and alleys come alive.

Traditional rivalries are rekindled in contests involving representatives from the four districts of the town, all in a festive spirit.

The fair also has an important gastronomical aspect and genuine fare is offered at inns, including dishes based on recipes from medieval times.

Cultural events also take place during the days of Mercato delle Gaite.



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