Mugnano, the village of the "painted walls"
Near Perugia and not far from Magione, near Lake Trasimeno, is Mugnano, a small yet picturesque village surrounded by the Umbrian countryside.
Inside the castle, it's well worth visiting the square of the "pump", home to a deep well from which women, since the beginning of the 20th century, drew water with a hand operated pump.
In the village, in an almost surreal atmosphere, winds the path to the discovery of the "painted walls", a permanent exhibition of great interest, created by Italian and foreign artists and based on the idea of the painter Benito Biselli.
The originality of the paintings, topics, styles and techniques represent different artistic vernaculars, straying from the figurative to the informal and giving form and colours to the old walls.
Mugnano began to attract the critics in the 1970s, when the village hosted four high-level temporary exhibitions of important artists. Over the years, the idea evolved, transforming the event from temporary to permanent. In 1983 "In...contriamoci in Mugnano" was organized for the first time. This is a large village festival, held every year between late June and early July, which in addition to proposing traditional dishes and local wine, adds permanent modern art to the ancient architectural structure and its small alleys and squares. That year, the first eight local painters were called on to complete the "painted walls", which aroused great critical fervour. The following year, the event was also opened to foreign artists and today has reached more than forty murals.
"The walls of the village sing a sudden flowering of works, a rhythmic writing of pictorial seals where each artist has placed the juice of his creativity" (Mimmo Coletti, 1990).
Since 2008, the path is completely illuminated with energy-saving lights, which is open even at night.