Gaite Market in Bevagna

Last year I went to the Gaite Market, “Mercato delle Gaite” in Bevagna. It is a fantastic medieval feast, a revival of daily life in the Middle Ages. I loved it so much, I had to go again this year.
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The medieval village of Bevagna is the perfect background for the Mercato delle Gaite. Its four districts are called “Gaite”: Gaita San Giovanni, Gaita San Pietro, Gaita Santa Maria and Gaita San Giorgio.
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The Mercato delle Gaite takes place every year during the last week of June. You can admire old costumes, markets and typical workshops. Taverns -restaurants- offer many dishes of medieval origin. It is a lovely experience eating in a Taverna. I’ve never eaten in a Taverna in Bevagna before, but in Narni I did during the medieval event Corsa all’Anello.

I have good memories of the Gaite Market, as you can see from the pictures on our blog of this year and last year. I saw the “same” locals dressed in medieval clothes. Some faces looked familiar to me, but I don’t know them personally. Only Giacomo from Gualdo Tadino. He makes and sells earrings, necklaces and bracelets. You can find him every year in the district “Gaita San Giorgio”.
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Steve McCurry the famous photographer and best known for his photograph “Afghan girl”, made some beautiful photographs of the Umbrian region. He was a special host at the Gaite Market and made some amazing pictures of this medieval event. Last year in Perugia I went to the exhibition Sensational Umbria of Steve McCurry. Magnificent!
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– Posted by Sylvia van der Male – 

5 responses to “Gaite Market in Bevagna”

  1. Lyn says:

    I have been to a few of these medieval festivities in Italy and I love the passion that these people put in to them. This one looks great

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

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