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Bettona lies on the top of a hill facing Assisi; it overlooks a vast territory, which goes from Perugia and Spello to the Sibillini Mountains, thus deserving its nickname of "Balcony of Umbria", or "Etruscan Balcony". The Etruscans first founded this city on the left side of the Tiber river and it played an important role throughout the Roman period. It has an ellipsoidal plan and it is surrounded by a one-km Etruscan and Medieval wall. Many important monuments bear witness to its magnificent past, both in the city and in the surrounding area. Along the almost intact Etruscan walls you can visit the Etruscan hypogeum (II b. C.); you can also climb the nearby Medieval tower of Molinaccio, or else admire the 17th century Villa Boccaglione. Many other art treasures are kept in the Pinacoteca Comunale, the local picture gallery.
On 12th May, for the patron saint of the city, S. Crispolto, fireworks, town band and torchlight procession. On 13th May, the local fair, with many goods and horses in the village of Passaggio, whose name bears testimony to its early trading tradition. On 23rd May, Springtime Walk, either on foot or by mountain bike. On 10th June, on the Corpus Christi day, the traditional "Infiorata": all the streets of the city are decorated with flowers. On the first week of August the Roast Goose Festival: the main square is then laid for 1000 guests, who can choose among many rare gastronomic delights. August is full of many other cultural events, like the Festival of Hospitality. On 8th September, in Passaggio, Festival and Fair of the Madonna del Ponte.