Bevagna e Montefalco in 1 day

Bevagna, located in the western part of the valley, is a medieval village surrounded by ramparts, towers and bastions. Medieval gates and more recent openings, which give access to the old town centre, interrupt the walls of Bevagna. Traditional artisanal business is still alive in this village: its streets and alleys house a number of workshops. The wonderful town square is the place where all the main religious and civil buildings are situated. The medieval and modern town coincides almost entirely with the old Roman town of Mevania, as the reticulated street network and the circular area where the old theatre once stood still show. The main artery of the city is Corso Matteotti, which crosses the axis formed by the streets via Crescimbeni and via S. Margherita. This was the old medieval hub, located in the beautiful square Piazza Silvestri, which is now enclosed by three churches and Palazzo Consoli (1270) with the wonderful theatre Francesco Torti (1886). The church of San Silvestro still holds some of its original features dating back to 1195 and was built by the master Binello. The church of San Michele Arcangelo, on the other hand, has a richer façade and its doorway is decorated with bas-relief and mosaics. The third church in Piazza Silvestri is situated at the corner with Corso Matteotti and dates back to 1291. Going up along the Corso, you will reach Palazzo Lepri, the current town hall, which was renovated during the 18th century. This building houses a small collection of stone remains collected from local archaeological sites and the civic art gallery, hosting paintings from the 15th to the 18th century. Two beautiful Baroque churches are also worth a visit: the church of Santa Margherita and the church of San Filippo. On the top of the town stands the church of San Francesco, which contains the stone where Saint Francis placed his foot while preaching to the birds in Pian D’Arca. Here, in this part of the town, you will find the majority of Roman ruins of Bevagna, such as the remains of a 2nd century a.C. temple and those of a thermal bath facility containing a mosaic depicting the sea world.

Descending back in the Umbrian valley and looking upwards, your eyes will be amazed by the view of Montefalco, known as “the balcony of Umbria” because of the splendid views it offers on this region. The history of this small village has always been tied to that of other major cities, such as Bevagna during the Roman Empire, then the dukedom of Spoleto and finally to Foligno during the 15th century. Despite never having any power on the surrounding lands, this village built a strong identity thanks to its significant influence on the local artistic and cultural scene, which was mainly supported by the religious Orders that used to commission artworks and promoted many art movements, in particular by the Franciscan Order. Once entered the village, you will have to go up the steep roads of Montefalco, thus reaching the beautiful Piazza del Comune, a circular square enclosed by civil and religious buildings, such as the Town Hall. This building was built in 1270 and features many different styles: the loggia dates back to the 14th century, while the tympanum was built in the 19th century. The most ancient building in this village is the church of S. Maria de Platea, which appears in official documents since the 12th century. The square is finally completed by stunning façades of medieval buildings.