Located in the centre of Umbria, Todi makes the perfect base for exploring the region—often called the “green heart of Italy. There are several famous small towns nereby. Some within easy distance by bus or taxi ride – see Orvieto, Assissi, Spoletto and Foligno.
Todi, is resplendent with amazing views as well, and it is likely Todi will satisfy. But if you are keen on architecture and history Todi is the place for you. The Etruscan, Roman and medieval walls, are a testament to the importance of this border town in history. The Municipal Museum has Coins and artifacts found near Todi dating back to the 4th Century BC.
There are, unsurprisingly very many sightseeing options. Built in the 13th century to rival Orvieto’s Duomo, Todi’s church was dedicated to San Fortunato, Todi’s first bishop. Strangely it was left unfinished due to lack of funds and the plague. Outside the town walls, the church of Santa Maria della Consolazione is one of Umbria’s best examples of Renaissance architecture. In the style of high Renaissance architecture, its design has been attributed, at least in part, to Donnato Bramante.
Todi is a hill town like so many other towns in the Italian countryside. Unlike most hill towns it is relatively flat at the top. To get most of the way to the Piazza del Popolo take the funicular up to the town from the public car park and walk about 200 metres to the Piazza. The Giardini Oberdan (gardens at the top of the covered escalator - Funicular) are the place for the striking, panoramic views of Todi and the rolling Umbrian countryside and a favourite place for "plain air "painting.
Todi is has an ancient past and interesting living history. Its civic art collection and architecture make an appealing one day guided tour. Contact your host ( Stephen) for details.