Umbria -  Bevagna - Candle Making in the Middle Ages

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Bevagna - Candle Making in the Middle Ages

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(31 reviews)
Medieval Centre, Umbria, Italy
45 mins

About the tour

This visit brings us to the picturesque medieval Candlemaker workshop where Marco will demonstrate how pure bees wax was transformed into beautiful candles during the Middle Ages . The workshop is open throughout the year and part of a circuit of Medieval Crafts in the 4 districts of Bevagna, called the GAITE. Every Gaita participates in the yearly competition: the "MERCATO DELLE GAITE" when during 10 days in June, Bevagna steps back in time and is transformed into a gigantic medieval market. Taverns offering medieval recipes, workshops presenting medieval crafts, inhabitants wearing medieval costumes...a wonderful and colourful event for visitors but serious business for the 4 GAITE. They compete with each other to present the best medieval Craft, medieval Gastronomy, medieval Archery and medieval Market. This tour brings us to the CERERIA (candlemaker) of the Gaita di San Pietro.

Meet Patrizia-Umbria


Patrizia’s our archaeologist-turned-tour guide, who’s had so much fun guiding visitors around the green heart of Italy. Perugia's always ready to throw a surprise. Although the city's not very famous, it doesn't shy away from entertaining its visitors with its stories and breathtaking views. "Perugia during the Umbria Jazz festival is magical! Every day at noon, a New Orleans band marches up and down the main street to get people to dance and follow them to the different free concert venues. Lovely music, and magical atmosphere through the night!" she says. On her tours, you might catch a smatter of different languages - she's a polyglot who speaks 5 languages. "A funny incident was that on a very busy day, I was halfway through my tour in Perugia before it hit me that I was doing it in the wrong language and nobody had dared to interrupt me!" she laughs. “I always try to convey some typical Italian word or proverb ready to be used immediately. Normally by the end of the tour, everyone remembers it and who knows...continues to use it at home!” Her goal as a professional guide is still to surprise the visitors. She almost stumbled into the exciting space of guiding visitors around her city. When she was working as an archaeologist on excavation sites and museums, she enjoyed showing Perugia's beautiful landscape. "And then I got the chance to accompany groups throughout Europe, and decided being a guide was the profession where I could combine my different interests: history, languages and meeting people from all over the world," she quips. As Marcel Proust said: you don't always have to travel to new destinations but you have to look at them with new eyes.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Umbria with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Umbria. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

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Reviews from travellers

Katie L.

23 May 2021

Really fascinating to learn about the process of candle making in the medieval ages and the other craft traditions in the area. Marco explained things really well and Patrizia did an amazing job doing the translation. Really enjoyed it. Grazie!

Jamie M.

22 May 2021

Fascinating tour! Full of history and traditions. Patrizia is an amazing guide.

Annette A.

22 May 2021

A top-level visit. Highly recommended. 😊👌

Elizabeth J Santa Monica C.

22 May 2021

Thank you

Mindy 🇺🇲 (New York) N.

22 May 2021

Interesting tour

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