The Basilica-Cathedral (officially the Church of St. Maria Annunziata) dominates the splendid Piazza del Popolo in the center of town. It was built in the 11th century on the site where a Roman temple built in 555 (probably dedicated to Apollo) originally stood. Inside this church are beautiful frescoes, paintings and stained glass windows.more
San Fortunato is a Palaeo-Christian temple (7th century) of which two lion sculptures on the entrance portal remain. In the lower level it is possible to visit the tumb of S.Fortunato and the grave of Jacopone. From the top of the curch bell tower it is possible to admire a beautiful view of the umbrian landscape.more
Todi is surrounded by three more or less complete concentric walls: the outermost is medieval, the middle wall is Roman, and the innermost is recognizable as partly Etruscan. Sights include also a colossal Roman niched substructure of uncertain purpose (the Nicchioni). Exactly what they are, remains a matter of mystery and hypothesis.more
A large cistern is located under the west side of Piazza del Popolo. The construction is made up of 12 rectangular areas. The enviroments are communicating through the use of arch passages and represent one or more opening from which water could be extracted.With its large dimension the monumental cistern extends below the initial part of Via del...more
The Basilica-Cathedral (officially the Church of St. Maria Annunziata) dominates the town square in the center of town. It was built in the 11th century on the site where a temple built in 555 originally stood. Inside this church are beautiful frescoes, paintings and stained glass windows.more
Just off of Piazza del Popolo is Piazza Garibaldi, which overlooks the countryside. A statue of Garibaldi sits in the middle.Todi, just like other towns, has a main drag that is very popular at night. It runs along one end of Piazza del Popolo, turns and runs down one side of Piazza Garibaldi. This main drag is an active place at night. (Kind of...more
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On an exceptionally lovely, warm spring evening in Umbria, my husband and I were searching in Todi for "al fresco" dining, but all the piazza restaurants seem to be closed for the evening. A local directed us to Restaurant Cavour. Well, it did not look like much from its street entrance, but they led us through to the back, where this large...more
For our first evening meal in Umbria, we ate at the Antica Osteria delle Valle ("Old Tavern of the Valley"), near the Temple of St. Fortunato on Via Augusta Ciufelli.The wait staff enjoyed giving us every detail of every dish and made a big point of letting us know that everything was freshly prepared from fresh ingredients, and were the owner's...more
Ristorante Le Noci isn't right in Todi - it is about a 15 minute drive to the east in the tiny town of Grutti, which is smack dab in the middle of rolling hills, country fields and farmland. It was the closest restaurant to our house we rented, and I couldn't get enough of it.Even though this restaurant is in the middle of nowhere, it is extremely...more
Ristorante Jacopone is a popular restaurant located just off Piazza del Popolo specializing in local Umbrian cuisine. The food was delicious, and the ambiance was very nice - typical Italian. When I was in Umbria, I ate tartufo (pasta with black truffle sauce) constantly. In the US, black truffles are very expensive. In Umbria, they are plentiful...more
I'm not even sure this gelato place in Todi had a name. The sign just said "Caffe". The gelato here was fabulous and so very creamy. My family and I made sure we had some reason every night to be in Todi to get some gelato. It had many flavors and after one week, I still had not tried them all. I WILL have to go back.more
This pizzeria was recommended by the owners of the house we rented, and the recommendation was right on. We loved this pizza! It was made in true Umbrian style - ultra thin crust, with no salt in the crust.Why can't American pizzerias make crust this thin? Why can't I? Those were my burning questions while I was chowing down my pizza. This place...more
Your best bet for getting into old town Todi (inside the ancient city walls) is to park in one of the parking lots outside the city walls and walk into the town. There is limited parking inside the city walls. Unless you are going into Todi in the very early morning hours, you'll probably find all the parking spots in the very small lots already...more
From Todi, we wanted to visit Florence, but we didn't want to make the 4 hour roundtrip drive, nor did we want to hassle with parking in Florence. Instead of driving to Florence, we drove 30 minutes to Orvieto, and took the Inter-City train from Orvieto to Florence. The total travel time one way was 2 hours, and it was much nicer than driving. I...more
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The owners of the house we rented highly recommended L'Idea Pasta di Cannerori, a take out pasta shop just outside the city walls in Todi. We did, and were instantly in love. The pasta is fresh, and the shop carries many varieties. We would pick up the pasta in the afternoon and take it back to our house for an evening dinner at the table on the...more
Shopping is not my numero uno activity on any vacation, but I have to say the shopping in Todi was fun. Along the main streets in town are numerous fun little boutiques selling clothes, jewelry, kitchen items, beautiful linens, teas, pastries, olive oil, wines and shoes.Todi thankfully is not inundated with those tacky souvenir shops and stands...more
Just outside of Todi in the Umbrian hills are acres and acres of sunflower fields. Sunflower production is a major industry in Umbria. The farmers harvest the seeds, from which sunflower oil is produced. Sunflower oil is even being used experimentally now in biodiesel in Europe.
Sunflower oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oils for human consumption. Umbrian sunflowers are non-transgenic and the oil is naturally trans fat-free.
Sunflower oil is used frequently in Italian cooking. Not so in America, where sunflower oil is tough to find. America (California, Texas, the midwest) produces sunflower seeds, but ironically, most of the seeds for oil are exported to Europe!
America needs to demand healthy food products like sunflower oil instead of high trans fat products like commercial cakes and cookies, fast food french fries, shortening and margarine...
(OK, that's my plug for a better America right now. For those of you who know my eating and cooking habits, you know I can't pass up an opportunity for this commentary.)
Todi is not one of those towns where auto traffic is blocked off from the town center. Pedestrians and autos make somewhat half-hearted attempts to share the streets. As a pedestrian, it is wise to keep on your toes, literally and figuratively. The curves are blind, the streets are narrow and the Italian drivers think they are still on the...more
When we visited Todi in July 2004, areas of it were going through reconstruction. This picture shows what was directly overhead as we were eating lunch one day in an outdoor alleyway cafe.Scaffolding could have fallen on our heads as we were eating our pizza, but at least we were forewarned!more
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The Todi visitor who wishes to see the inside of the churches needs to wear the same type of attire required of other places in Italy. For women, that means no shorts or sleeveless tops. My daughter and I wore our "church clothes" on the day we hit all the Todi churches. Todi can get hot during the summer, so I packed a linen top and a pair of linen capris.
The ruins of Carsulae are 20 minutes south of Todi toward Terni. Only partially uncovered, there is an amphitheater, a theater & several large arches as well as a medieval church. Sections of the Via Flaminia are visible. Large 30+ acre site. There were only a handful of people the day we visited.more
What a hayseed type of activity, you might say. We actually found the farming activities around Todi quite fascinating. That is because in California, you never see hay bales in rolls - they are always in bricks. Our house we rented was out in the countryside, so we would frequently walk along country roads among the alfalfa fields. That was...more
We saw many huge ornate churches on our trips to Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Rome. Italy has some of the simpler variety, too. I passed this church - the Church of St. Arnaldo - each morning on my early morning walks. It was set on the ridge next to a small olive grove and Todi could be viewed in the distance. It was very peaceful, but I never saw...more
Those summer Umbrian afternoons got hot and we sure were glad we had a pool at the house we rented. When I was researching vacation rentals on the internet, a pool was a must have, and I'm so glad I made that decision.
Once in Umbria, we'd sightsee during the day, then come home mid-afternoon and jump in the pool. And look at these surroundings! I was absolutely in heaven swimming in this pool. It was so relaxing and euphoric at the same time. Like a fantasy!
I didn't even mind that it meant blowing dry my high maintenance hair twice in one day.
acopo de’ Benedetti, known as Jacopone of Todi, was born in 1236 into a noble family. After becoming a successful lawyer he gave up leading a worldly lifestyle at 32, when the sudden tragic death of his wife upset his life. The shock due to the loss and the discovery of a haircloth she used to wear to mortify her flesh, drove him to start a new...more
Todi is about 90 minutes north of Rome, 2 hours south of Florence, 30 minutes east of Orvieto, 30 minutes south of Perugia. The wonderfully charming towns of Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, Spoleto, Trevi, Deruta and Orvieto are all within a relatively short drive.more
The terra cotta, mustard, salmon and beige colors of the buildings in Todi are very pleasing to the eye, and so very Mediterranean.I've referred to Todi as being medieval on my pages, but the settlement of Todi is actually quite older than that. Todi was founded by the Umbrians in 2700 B.C, but almost nothing remains of that era. Then along came...more