Bevagna – Il Mercato delle Gaite. A little snapshot of the festival.

WE try and go every year …..

Every June Bevagna, in central Umbria holds a 10 day medieval festa – the whole town gets involved and dresses up as medieval folk.  They dress the town up too, hiding modern day paraphernalia with hessian sacking where possible!

The various quarters of the town compete during this time to ultimately win for their little area – each quarter has a taverna where the cooks roll up their sleeves to impress the judges for their best medieval dish!

A medieval market with goods and services from that time is held along with a ‘zoo’ showing animals that would have been common in medieval times.

Little workshops open all over the town showing craftsmen at work, candlemakers, apothecaries, spinners, wine-makers, blacksmiths, glass-blowers, paper-makers, weavers, yarn dyers and many more – you can watch them at work.

Go and grab a dinner, specially made for the festival, it’s a real treat!

We went on Sunday lunchtime and didn’t go to the little workshops this year, but here are a few other photos to tempt you into going next year!

 

One of the very homemade fronts for a snack-bar! (Obviously taking a break!)

One of the very homemade fronts for a snack-bar! (Obviously taking a break!)

 

At the medival market, a shoe maker ...

At the medival market, a shoe maker …

At the market, wine bottles ...

At the market, wine bottles …

Tool maker

Tool maker

All you could need for archery ...

All you could need for archery …

Mark, waiting patiently for me ....

Mark, waiting patiently for me ….

Dying the hand spun wool across the alley ..

Dying the hand spun wool across the alley ..

Wool (not wall) hangings with medieval lady!

Wool (not wall) hangings with medieval lady!

A box of yarn...

A box of yarn…

Hot day = gelatoooooo!!!

Hot day = gelatoooooo!!!

Pretty ceramic ware, made in Bevagna...

Pretty ceramic ware, made in Bevagna…

Delicious Gelato,

Delicious Gelato,

A man and his horse ...

A man and his horse …

A man and his dogs at the fountain..

A man and his dogs at the fountain..

Medieval lady with her personal supply of wine!

Medieval lady with her personal supply of wine!

Bevagna's wash house water ....

Bevagna’s wash house water ….

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