Todi, a Jewel in Umbria

November 11, 2015 / Places
Todi, Umbria

In reverse chronological order Garibaldi and the Red Shirts, the Goths, Romans, the Etruscans, and originally the Umbri were just some of the people that constitute Todi’s rich history. And before any of these, even Hercules is said to have passed through. Regardless of who and when, this jewel of a medieval town in the heart of Italy takes its rightful place along side other beautiful neighboring towns such as Spoleto, Assisi, and Perugia.


Drive up the hill and park at any point along the circumference of the outer walls, built in the 13th century. Enter through the closest porta (door, or gate), and begin walking up along any one of the main roads, medieval homes and buildings packed into every inch of space. Notice the smaller side roads (alleys?) that drop of to either side… worth losing some altitude for, as at their ends you’ll find one of Todi’s many porte, breathtaking views of the lush Umbrian countryside spilling out 600 feet below.


Don’t worry about knowing where you are, just keep walking uphill until there’s no more “up” to go. At that point you’ll have reached one of the most amazing medieval squares in central Italy… come on Sunday (the second Sunday of each month, but call, it can change) and you’ll catch a small antique market. Get here on a damp and foggy fall morning when few others are in the square, and you wouldn’t bat an eyelid were someone to emerge from an alley in full Renaissance garb.



by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

7 Responses to “Todi, a Jewel in Umbria”

  1. Dan Johnson

    My younger daughter spent two months living in an agritourismo in Todi while working on her MFA degree. She found it a fascinating place. We regret not having the time to see it ourselves while in Tuscany that same year.

  2. Thank you so much for writing this post about my beloved home town! I’ll use your article to promote Todi by sharing it on social networks! I’m a tour guide in Todi and Umbria and I’d be pleased to show you the many hidden treasures of my town :)
    And just to help: the market takes place on every second Sunday of each month, not in old town but in the valley (Pian di Porto)!

  3. Laurie Riccio

    We visited Todi in September and it was one of our favorite hill towns in all of Umbria and Tuscany!

  4. Marianna Raccuglia

    Thank you for this article. I strolled through the streets of Todi: so charming!


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