Guide In Umbria

Deruta, Torgiano, Bettona

Ceramics and wine, history and landscape

In the meeting point between the Tiber Valley and the Umbrian Valley, three villages south of Perugia each one with its own specific features

Deruta produces magnificent ceramics renowned all over the world, which faithfully reproduce the designs of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the so-called “Raphaelesque” style, or which experiment with new forms and decorations. The small historic center is well-kept within the perimeter of the defense walls. The places of main interest are the church of San Francesco, the Regional Museum of Ceramics and the Civic Museum which houses a painting by Perugino.
Nearby there is the small church of the Madonna dei Bagni, a Marian sanctuary completely covered with ceramic votive offerings.

The area of Torgiano is suitable for viticulture, where some of the best wines of Umbria are produced. The inhabited center only partially retains the historic structure and building, the main sites of cultural interest are the Wine Museum and the Oil Museum.

Bettona is located on a high hill from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the valleys below. In ancient times it was an Etruscan outpost beyond the Tiber River which marked the border between the Etruscans and Umbrians. Today it looks like a well-preserved medieval village, the site of main cultural interest is the Civic Art Gallery where two paintings from Perugino’s late production are kept.

The visit itinerary to these villages should be organised according to the interests of the visitors and the time available