Bevagna is a small Umbrian town close to Genius Loci. It’s a charming and picturesque walled town, that was an important place in ancient Roman days, situated along the Via Flaminia. Bevagna is also home to a festival called Mercato delle Gaite.

For a few days each June, the town is time-warped back to the middle ages. If you visit during this time, you’ll find quite a different place than normal! The townspeople are all dressed in medieval garb, and the locals are very much into the spirit of the event. As you wander through the streets, you’ll find all sorts of unusual activities underway, from falconry, to blacksmithing, to paper making. The town is historically divided into four quarters, “Le Gaite”. These neighborhoods compete against each other in different events as part of the festival, and there’s a real rivalry between them.