Destination guide: Todi in Umbria Italy
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The Town of Todi
A merican studies have defined that Todi has the most desirable lifestyle and quality of life in Europe.
This ancient town is a rare mixture of History, Art, Culture and Natural Beauty.
Todi being a hill town is surrounded in every direction by breathtaking views of the splendid green Umbrian hills covered with vines, olive groves and sunflower field, which will leave you spellbound.
During the summer there are the open air Sagras (culinary events) with local specialities and entertainment The Umbrian gastronomy is essentially simple and it is characterized by the genuine products.
The traditional Umbrian cooking has rural origins and it is characterized by the home made pasta such as umbricelli (thick spaghetti).
Many are the cultural activities which the town offers during the summer months, In April, for example, there is the Italian Antiques Exhibition in the nearby Collevalenza. In May you can see the characteristic historical torch-light procession among the walls of St Fortunato Church in Collazzone, June offers the Castle Feast July offers, a particular event the "International Balloon Grand Prix" St Lorenzo's day is a must if you happen to be around on 10th August with medieval dress procession in Todi In August the summer season ends with "Todinotte", with various open air concerts n the town itself. The September Music Festival is held in various Umbrian towns Every second Sunday in the Month is the Antiques fair in Todi.
Legand has it that Todi was founded by Hercules on the site where he killed Caco. The Town's Etruscan name Tutere (Border) most probably indicates that it provided Etruscans with a frontier settlement along the Tiber. Remains of the old wall from the Umbro/Etruscan period can still be seen near Porte Libera, on Via Paolo Ruoloi, Via Montarone and Mura Antiche.
P orta Marzia in particular is an excellent remaining example of the architecture dating form this time. Many important additions came with the Roman era.
The Romans built an amphitheatre, Temples to Jupiter, Juno, Mars and Minerva. They also built a second circle of the walls to fortify the town of which there are still remains
The town is a network of steep, narrow streets which are typical of the medieval hill towns, the town was divided into three district, The Ulpiano. The Nuovo and Valle Inferiore. A particularly pleasant experience is to stroll along these narrow streets where one can still see the artisan workshops, numerous little churches and the oratories of ordained clergy and monastic orders. O f the few remaining Castles the most impressive is that of Montenero, perched up on the hill in it's dominant position overlooking the southern territorial boundaries and surrounded by a thick forest of pine trees. Of particular interest is the ancient Campidoglio, 411 meters above sea level along the retaining walls of the Rocca Park.
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