Cannara

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Cannara
Comune di Cannara
Cannara
Cannara
Coat of arms of Cannara
Coat of arms
Location of Cannara
Cannara is located in Italy
Cannara
Cannara
Location of Cannara in Italy
Cannara is located in Umbria
Cannara
Cannara
Cannara (Umbria)
Coordinates: 43°00′06″N 12°35′00″E / 43.00167°N 12.58333°E / 43.00167; 12.58333Coordinates: 43°00′06″N 12°35′00″E / 43.00167°N 12.58333°E / 43.00167; 12.58333
CountryItaly
RegionUmbria
ProvincePerugia
FrazioniCollemancio, Case Barbetta, Case Brilli, I Cappuccini
Government
 • MayorGiovanna Petrini
Area
 • Total32 km2 (12 sq mi)
Elevation
197 m (646 ft)
Population
(2005)
 • Total3,880
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Cannaresi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
06033
Dialing code0742
Patron saintSt. Matthew
Saint daySeptember 21
WebsiteOfficial website

Cannara is a town and comune on the Topino River in the floodplain of central Umbria, in the province of Perugia. It is located about 7 km west of Spello and 9 km north of Bevagna.

It is a low-key agricultural village: its main business is the growing of wheat and onions. Its railroad station is used for freight and does not serve passengers.

As indicated by the etymology of the name (from canna, rushes), it is a medieval town, recent by the standards of the region, since in earlier times the site was underwater in the Lacus Clitorius that covered much of the area between Bastia Umbra and Foligno, and was only drained in the Middle Ages. At any rate Cannara is first mentioned in 1170 as insula Cannaio — "the island of Cannaio"; the lake had not been completely drained yet.

Main sights[edit]

Its principal monuments consist in a number of small churches, among which the most important is probably the Church of the Buona Morte (also known as the Church of the Stigmata of St. Francis), which may be associated with the foundation of the Third Order by St. Francis of Assisi.

In the territory of the comune, a shrine at Pian d'Arca commemorates the Miracle of the Birds of the same St. Francis; and the little hilltop town of Collemancio has two old churches and a ruined Roman settlement identified by some with Urbinum Hortense.

Local events[edit]

Cannara's main annual celebration is a Sagra in honor of the onion: the Festa della Cipolla. The week-long festival, featuring onion-based dining al fresco, draws over 10,000 visitors and is one of the best of the Umbrian sagre.

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