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Bettona (Perugia province)

A town of central Umbria: 43°01N, 12°29E. Altitude: 353 m. Population in 2003: 3900.

[image ALT: A stretch of city wall, about 20 m long and 5 m high, made of worn limestone blocks of two contrasting types: smaller filler material toward the top, large blocks, up to 40 cm long, toward the bottom. It is the medieval wall of Bettona, Umbria (central Italy), which includes substantial Roman and Etruscan material.]

The walls of Bettona: in this stretch, most of what you see is Etruscan.

Bettona is a hilltop town on the northernmost spur of the Colli Martani in central Umbria, on the road from Assisi or Bastia Umbra (about 12 km to different shades of northeast) to Torgiano (5 km west).

It is a particularly atmospheric place completely encircled by walls, some of which are Etruscan. A few small churches of course, but there is also an excellent museum, of mostly medieval and Renaissance painting. The town is also locally famous for its private gardens.

A proper website will eventually appear here, since I've been to Bettona: although the site will be small since my visit was brief. In the meanwhile, you may find it useful to read the Nov. 2, 1998 entry of my diary, which includes a very nice photo of one of the medieval gates; for more complete summary information, see the sites in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Bettona includes in its territory some other small towns and hamlets with a certain administrative identity of their own: as elsewhere in Italy, these are referred to as the frazioni of the comune (singular: frazione, literally a "fraction"): a complete list of them follows. I've been to Passaggio, but not to Colle; so for the latter any link would be to some other website out there (so far: found none); for the former, a small page with a photo, and a very brief mention in my diary.

Colle • Passaggio di Bettona

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