SPELLO / BEVAGNA
Sitting up on a hillside in the shadow of Monte Subasio between Assisi and Foligno, the pink stoned Spello is a perfect example of one of Umbria’s medieval small towns. Spello was settled under the Umbri, but grew in size under the Romans in the 1st century BC when it was known as Hispellum. Among it’s Umbrian neighbors, Spello is one which preserves the major number of monuments testifying to the Roman era.
Most obvious are the town walls, the ruins of the theater and the amphitheater seen just outside of town, the thermal baths, and the splendid town portals Porta Consolare, Porta Urbica and Porta Venere dating back to the Augustean era. Spello also boasts one of Umbria’s major art attractions, the outstanding frescoes by Pinturicchio in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Strategically positioned in the center of Umbria, not far from the region’s major centers of touristic interest, the Medieval village of Bevagna is distinguished for its abundance of monuments, the quality of its historically-artisan products, and for its sought-out enogastronomic traditions.
Not only, but it is surrounded by its old city walls, in part recalling traces of the Roman Age, and it expresses its own special cultural and recreational vitality.
All these aspects have long made Bevagna an ideal destination for Italian and foreign visitors alike that come here seeking authenticity, well-being and the good life.
Its delicious cuisine, and the genuineness of its high-quality products blend with the environmental beauty and pristine landscape, to create a pleasantly-healthy and wholesome place.
The variety of the historic and architectonic monuments from the Roman epoch, those Medieval (even more powerful and striking), and those from the 18th Century, leave travelers content to have found a locality that allows them to live history on a daily basis.
All this is further exalted by the artisan workshops offering excellent goods, made according to ancient techniques and valorized by expert local artisans: products and techniques that they proudly display during Bevagna’s historic event, the Medieval “Market of the Gaite,” a festival of contests between the town quarters.
Yet all throughout the year events celebrate village life, highlighting the particular creative and artistic vein of Bevagna’s inhabitants.
Bevagna, small as it is, is in any case a grand jewel of a city, where every guest is received with a sincere welcome by its inhabitants, who love showing off their hometown.