img_coa = Cannara-Stemma.gif
official_name = Comune di Cannara
name = Cannara
province = Perugia (PG)
elevation_m = 197
area_total_km2 = 32
January 1, 2005
population_total = 3880
population_density_km2 = 121
timezone = CET, UTC+1
coordinates = coord|42|59.6|N|12|34.6|E|
postalcode = 6033
gentilic = Cannaresi
mayor = Giovanna Petrini (since June 2004)
website = [http://www.comune.cannara.pg.it www.comune.cannara.pg.it]
Cannara is a town and
comuneon the Topino Riverin the floodplain of central Umbria, in the province of Perugia. It is located about 7 km west of Spelloand 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 Clitoriusthat covered much of the area between Bastia Umbraand 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.
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 Birdsof the same St. Francis; and the little hilltop town of Collemanciohas two old churches and a ruined Roman settlement identified by some with Urbinum Hortense.
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".
* [http://comune.cannara.pg.it/ Official website]
* [http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Gazetteer/Places/Europe/Italy/Umbria/Perugia/Cannara/Cannara/home.html Thayer's Gazetteer of Umbria]
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