Bettona

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Bettona
Comune
Comune di Bettona
Bettona
Bettona
Coat of arms of Bettona
Coat of arms
Bettona is located in Italy
Bettona
Bettona
Location of Bettona in Italy
Coordinates: 43°01′09″N 12°29′04″E / 43.01917°N 12.48444°E / 43.01917; 12.48444Coordinates: 43°01′09″N 12°29′04″E / 43.01917°N 12.48444°E / 43.01917; 12.48444
Country Italy
Region Umbria
Province Perugia
Frazioni Colle,
Passaggio,
Cerreto, I Barbini, La Palazzetta-Zona Industriale, Malandruge, Prigionieri, Taglioni, Torte
Government
 • Mayor Lamberto Marcantonini
Area
 • Total 45 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 353 m (1,158 ft)
Population (2003)
 • Total 3,855
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Demonym Bettonesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 06084
Dialing code 075
Patron saint Saint Crispoldus
Saint day May 12
Website Official website

Bettona (Latin: Vettona) is an ancient town and comune of Italy, in the province of Perugia in central Umbria at the northern edge of the Colli Martani range. It is 5 km (3 mi) E of Torgiano and 12 km (7 mi) SW of Assisi.

Passaggio, Colle and Cerreto are frazioni of the comune.

History[edit]

The town is of Etruscan origin; its people are first referred to in Pliny, NH III.114 (Vettonenses), then in other ancient authors and inscriptions.

View of Bettona.

Main sights[edit]

Bettona still retains a complete circuit of medieval walls incorporating substantial portions of the original Etruscan walls.

The Pinacoteca Comunale in the Palazzetto del Podestà (1371) has a painting by Pietro Perugino, the Madonna of Mercy, as well as other works by Iacopo Siculo, Dono Doni, Fiorenzo di Lorenzo and Della Robbia.

Santa Maria Maggiore church, situated in the historical centre, is the main church of the region of Bettona. The Gothic chapel, dedicated to Saint Rita, is the only remaining part of the Roman church. The main altar is in the shape of domed temple, by Cruciano Egiduzio. The apse was frescoed in 1939 by the futurist painter Gerardo Dottori.

The church of San Crispolto was erected by monks to preserve the body of the patron saint (8th century). The current façade is by Antonio Stefanucci.

In the “Oratorio of St. Andrea” is a series of paintings from the school of Giotto, dated 1394, which show the Passion of Christ.

The town is also locally noted for its walled gardens.

External links[edit]

(Based on the page in Bill Thayer's Gazetteer of Umbria, by permission.)