Bottidda is set 400 metres above sea level at the foot of Mount Rasu and on the hill of sa Corona, in a mountainous area covered in flourishing woodland of elms, oaks and chestnut trees, moving into gentle hillsides, rivers and natural lakes. The town is in the Goceano area, surrounded by protected natural heritage that has been developed for tourism, and the local economy is based on agriculture and sheep-farming. The name is derived from the ancient village of Gocille, which evolved through various phases to Gotille, Botille, Botilla through to the modern-day Bottidda.
The town centre has flourished since the Middle Ages and today hosts ancient homes and small squares decorated with characteristic murales. There are two particularly noteworthy monuments. In the town, the parish church of Madonna del Rosario, built in the late 19th century in Neoclassic style, hosts a wooden statue of Christ on the cross that is the only one of its kind in the area. On Mount Rasu, around 900 metres above sea level, a Franciscan convent stands in the midst of splendid scenery, and is considered to be the first settlement by the order in Sardinia. It was founded around the year 1220 by a disciple of Saint Francis. The building was renovated in the early 20th century, but still retains some of its original elements: the monks' cells and a stone trough. Next to the main building you can admire a centuries-old chestnut tree that may have been planted by the first Franciscans to settle in the convent. Twice a year, on 2 August and 4 October, numerous worshippers meet to celebrate the saint. Another unmissable celebration is the Bonfire of Sant'Antonio (16 January), with cultural events and religious ceremonies. A large bonfire is lit, accompanied by s'inghiriu: a horse rider rides six times around the bonfire, carrying su pani 'e s'ardia and the saint's standard. Worshippers perform the same rite with the local pastries sas tiliccas, offered as a gift to visitors. Archaeological sites in the area include the sa Corona nuraghe that dominates the hill of the same name.