Bevagna and Montefalco in 1 day

by mirko

Bevagna is located on the western edge of the plain, it is a medieval center with a wall, full of towers and bastions and interrupted by medieval gates and more recent passages that allow entry to the historic center. In the city the artisan tradition is still alive with the shops that open onto the characteristic alleys, the monuments and, above all, the splendid square that concentrates the main religious and civil buildings. The inhabited area of ​​the ancient Roman Mevania almost entirely coincides with the medieval and modern city as evidenced by the grid layout of the streets that overlook Corso Amendola, and the semicircular shape that the area where the theater once stood . The central axis of the town is made up of Corso Matteotti and where it crosses the axis formed by the alignment of via Crescimbeni and S. Margherita, it is in the fulcrum of the ancient city which does not coincide with the fulcrum of the medieval in the beautiful Piazza Silvestri. This is organized around three churches, including Palazzo Consoli (1270) which has housed the Francesco Torti theater since 1886. Two of the churches present are inserted in the twelfth century. San Silvestro still retains the original characters of 1195 and is built by the master Binello, while San Michele Arcangelo has a richer facade design, a portal with bas-reliefs and mosaics. The third church located at the corner between the square and Corso Matteotti was established in 1291. Going up the Corso Matteotti, you come to the Town Hall (Palazzo Lepri), renovated in the eighteenth century, houses a small collection of stone materials from excavations in the area. There is the Civic Art Gallery with paintings between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. The baroque churches of the monastery of S. Margherita and S. Filippo are interesting. On the highest point of the city, stands the church of S. Francesco where next to the altar is the stone on which Saint Francis rested to preach to the birds at Pian D'Arca and the most important monuments are also concentrated in this part of the city. Romans, such as the remains of a temple and a thermal building with a mosaic depicting the marine world, both from the XNUMXnd century. d. C.

From any point of the Umbrian Valley the gaze rises high, you can see on the horizon the Montefalco hill "railing of Umbria" which promises exceptional visits. The city is a minor center, as its history is linked to that of the nearby cities: in Roman times it depends on Bevagna, then on the ducal Spoleto and in the 400th century from Foligno. Despite failing to establish territorial power, it achieves a strong identity as an influential center of artistic culture due not only to the Spoleto ducal curia but also to religious orders, especially the Franciscans who commissioned works and promoted artistic movements. As soon as you enter the city you are induced to go up, and from any direction, you arrive at the Piazza del Comune which has a round shape, designed by civil and religious buildings, including the Town Hall of 1270 with a little unitary appearance, due to superimposed elements: the loggia dates back to the 800th century, the tympanum from the XNUMXth century. The church of S. Maria de Platea is the oldest building, documented from the XNUMXth century. In addition to the church of S. Filippo, the facades of the XNUMXth-XNUMXth century buildings complete the square.

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