San Gemini, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, has retained a fascinating medieval atmosphere. The original nucleus seems to have been Casventum, a Roman settlement, in fact, the main street of the oldest part of the village partially follows the route of the Via Flaminia. Also in the same area are the Sangemini springs, whose waters fed the thermal baths of this thriving Roman city.
Today the waters of the Fonti di Sangemini flow within a park not far from the town, among centuries-old trees.
Of the various access gates to the village, the main one is the eighteenth-century Roman gate. To visit, the Cathedral consecrated to the Patron Saint who also gave the town its name and whose relics are kept under the main altar. Knightly tournaments were held in honor of the saint since the 14th century.
Even today, keeping that tradition alive, the “Giostra dell’Arme” takes place annually on the occasion of the celebrations for the patron saint, in which knights of the two rival districts compete in a tournament: the Piazza and the Rocca.
The central Piazza San Francesco connects the newer and medieval parts of the town. The 14th century Church of San Francesco overlooks the same square, the interior of which has 15th-16th century frescoes.
Porta Burgi instead gives access to the medieval part, crossed by narrow and winding alleys. In Piazza di Palazzo Vecchio there is the Palazzo Pretorio of the XII-XIII century: inside there are frescoes of the XIV-XV century, among which the cycle of the “Rural Works”.
Near the Porta San Giovanni stands the Church of San Giovanni Battista from the early 12th century.
Also worth visiting is the majestic Palazzo Canova (now Medici), which was the summer residence of the sculptor Antonio Canova, of which some works remain in San Gemini.
Outside the city center is the 12th century Abbey of San Nicolò, where San Gemini also lived.
In San Gemini there is the “Geolab” (Earth Science Laboratory Museum), an interactive space for virtually traveling through the evolution of our planet, with a section entirely dedicated to the geological history of Umbria.