The hill towns of Italy are magnificent places to explore, and in this program we are taking a deep dive into one of the finest of all of them. It’s called Todi in Umbria.
We’ll be focusing on the little pedestrian lanes and the piazzas, lined with historic buildings. We will see monumental arches in the old, fortified walls and some modern shops.
We’ll have a look at the main Piazza Del Popolo in the daytime and at night, and take a walk along the main shopping street that extends out from the piazza. But mostly we are strolling through those charming little pedestrian lanes.
The town of Todi is another one of the medieval gems of Umbria. It’s very ancient town, origins go back 3000 years. It was first settled by the local folks, the Umbri, built a wall around it, and then the Romans conquered and built their wall around it, 2000 years ago, and then during the medieval times in the Middle Ages, the third wall was built around Todi. So it was very well protected and incredibly preserved. All of the buildings within these medieval walls are original stone structures, most of them are at least seven or 800 years old. So it’s really like walking through a castle, like a huge, fortified castle. It’s almost like a Walt Disney fairytale come to life.
This is the second of our videos about Todi, with different content than our first video, you can find here:
In this video we focus more on walking the little pedestrian lanes, away from the center — the back lanes.
Todi is a town of the province of Perugia, region of Umbria, in central Italy. It is perched on a tall two-crested hill overlooking the east bank of the river Tiber, commanding distant views in every direction.
In the 1990s, Richard S. Levine, a professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky, described Todi as the model sustainable city, because of its scale and its ability to reinvent itself over time. After that, the Italian press reported on Todi as the world’s most livable city.
some useful Todi websites
Todi Tourist Information Office:
detailed information about visiting Umbria: