The Mercato delle Gaite (Market of the Gaite) of Bevagna, a small town in the province of Perugia and inserted among I Borghi più Belli d'Italia (The most Beautiful Villages in Italy), is a reenactment of the daily life of the City between 1250 and 1350.
The 2012 edition will take place from June 14th to 24th, 2012, anticipated by the Medieval Banquet, edited by the Guaita San Giovanni, on Saturday, June 9th, 2012, at 21:00 in Piazza Filippo Silvestri.
With the term Gaite or Guaite are indicate the four districts (St. George, St. John, St. Peter and St. Mary) in which was divided Bevagna. But it is not just a party, it is also a competition: the Gaite organize their own markets independently, competing with each other in four challenges (market competition, crafts competition, gastronomic competition, archery competition) to win a prize, the Palio of Victory, which goes to the district who plays more closely the role it plays in the Middle Ages.
The city during the 11 days of the feast comes alive of the sounds of the Botteghe dei Mestieri Medievali (Medieval Crafts Workshops), and everywhere are put on taverns and inns where you can taste local products. Nightly from July 15th, 2012.
The result is amazing: modern Bevagna merges with the Middle Ages Bevagna and its inhabitants, abandoned their everyday clothes, wear fabrics of nobles, peasants, lawyers and craftsmen, reviving the traditional activities of their ancestors.