|Comune di Bettona|
Cerreto, I Barbini, La Palazzetta-Zona Industriale, Malandruge, Prigionieri, Taglioni, Torte
|• Mayor||Lamberto Marcantonini|
|• Total||45 km2 (17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||353 m (1,158 ft)|
|• Density||86/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Saint Crispoldus|
|Saint day||May 12|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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(Based on the page in Bill Thayer's Gazetteer of Umbria, by permission.)