The origins of the town's name are uncertain: for some historians, in fact, it probably derives from the Etruscan word "Mevania" (perhaps a anthroponyms), while for others from the Latin word "medius" (located at the center). Municipality in the province of Perugia, not far from the provincial main center, it is situated on the edge of the Foligno plain, near to the Tinia, famous for the production of a valuable painting canvas. The municipal territories include several districts and villages, like Capro, located near to the small lake Aiso and famous for a legendary episode of the XVII century. Bevagna features a typical Latin plan with several Roman ruins that are scattered throughout the center, which is also embellished by a beautiful medieval square, several fine churches and old medieval gate entrances that open between the surrounding fortified walls. The town is a great departure point for excursions between the other historical centers of Umbria.
Probably of Etruscan origin, it was later colonized by the Romans. In the Middle Ages it belonged to the Duchy of Spoleto and later became part of the Papal States. In the XII century, Bevagna was proclaimed municipality and shortly after, was destroyed during an attack by the troops of Emperor Frederick II, due to the apparent relationship of the citizens to the Papacy, from who, in the middle of the XIII century, they obtained the right to elect their own mayor. In the second half of the XIV century, the town submitted the domain of the Trinci of Foligno, until in the XV century, it was acquired and directly governed by the Holy See. After returning under the jurisdiction of the Duchy of Spoleto and Perugia, in the early XVI century, the Pope regained the domain, until the abrogation of feudal rights and the Unification of Italy.
- the Church of San Michele, built at the end of 1100, presents an imposing façade in Romanesque style with a richly decorated portal surmounted by a triptych. The Bell Tower is fully incorporated into the structure, but completed at a later date, is surmounted by a spire and interrupted by three series of lancet windows;
- the Convent of the Annunciation, founded by the Benedictine monks in the XII century, is preceded by a beautiful portico: Inside are preserved a painting created by the artist Fantino, a XVI century crucifix and other important works;
- the Church of San Silvestro, dating from the late XII century, is a masterpiece of the architect Binello. It features a fine portal and three naves;
- the XIII century Church of San Francesco;
- the Church of Santa Margherita;
- the XIII century Palazzo dei Consoli in Gothic style with its fine arcade, a large staircase and two floors of lancet windows;
- the Roman Baths, decorated with beautiful mosaics;
- the Fountain of the main square, built in the XIX century;
- the Roman Column in Piazza Silvestri;
- the remains of the ancient fortified walls and gate entrances;
- Teatro Torti;
- the Museum.