Key to Umbria: Bettona

Walk I: Inside the Walls

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The walk begins in Piazza Cavour and the contiguous Piazza Garibaldi, which mark the historical centre of the town. 

The octagonal fountain (1890) at the intersection of the two piazze (illustrated above) was designed and built by Garibaldo Mancini.  It replaced the well that Pope Alexander VI commissioned in 1489-92,, which had dried up by 1857.   The remains of  the earlier well, which was some 22 meters deep, were recently rediscovered under the piazza: plans are underway (July 2009) to incorporate the excavated area into the Museo Civico.

  1. The church of San Crispolto (illustrated above) is on the far side of Piazza Garibaldi. 

  2. Palazzo del Podestà, which is opposite (in Piazza Cavour).

Palazzo Biancalana, to the left of Palazzo del Podestà, now houses the entrance to the Pinacoteca Civica (part of which is in the Palazzo del Podestà) and the Museo Civico.

Palazzo Baglioni is just beyond on the left, at the start of Corso Marconi.

Retrace your steps and continue across Piazza Cavour to the Chiesa della Compagnia della Morte (on the left in this photograph) and Santa Maria Maggiore.  

Palazzo Comunale is opposite.

Continue along Via Santa Caterina, with the facade of Santa Maria Maggiore on the left.  The Oratorio di Sant' Andrea  stands back from the street, on the right.  The ex-hospice, which now houses the Relais La Corte di Bettona, is to the left of it.

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