TODI AND THE COUNTRYSIDE
The legend tells that the forefathers of the current inhabitants of Todi had begun the building of the city at the foot of the hill, along the left bank of Tiber flowing downhill, when the cloth spread with workers' breakfast was seized by an eagle which, flying high in the sky, let it fall on the top of the hill. This event was interpreted as the will of Gods, and the builders of the new city abandoned the site on the plain and went to the top point of the hill.There they built the first urban area. They called the city Tutere, "the city on the border"; the city then took the name of Toder in the Roman period, then Tode (vulgar locution), Tudernum (its latin name) in the Middle Ages, an, finally, Todi in the Renaissance. These three names correspond to three different civilizations, three different historic ages, three different destinies, reflected in the richness of its urban and monumental heritage. The limited boundary of the original city is still visible and reconstructible. It is marked by the well-kept cyclopean walls in blocks of travertine forms, its first urban boundary.
The arrival of the Romans is also marked by the wider boundary of walls and by the presence of monumental works as the Town Council.
But the force, greatness, and power of Todi is witnessed by the third enclosure of walls built in the period of its greatest splendour and of its acknowledged political and military superiority. To this period belong the greatest monumental works which make Todi a jewel , both from the point of view of landscape and of architecture.
This was followed by a gradual decline of the city, which was occupied many times and plundered by mercenary troops paid by Princes, Condottieres, Signorias, and deprived of the fame of Marzia. Only the Renaissance , with its superb monuments wonderfully situated in its countryside and urban environment, gave it new life.
In 1991, Professor Richard Levine, who is co-director of the Central for Sustainable cities at the University of Kentucky, chosed Todi as the model of a sustainable and human scale. Over time, many media jumped on the news and translated this concept into IDEAL CITY.
Beyond the sensational articles, Todi and its sorroundings keep some peculiar characteristics intact, such as harmony with nature, cultural heritage and quiet life.
PLACES TO VISIT NEAR TODI
The countryside around Todi is full of beautiful landscapes, routes and picturesque villages such as Montecastello di Vibio, a delightful little city where is the smallest theatre in the world, a real architectural jewel, Fratta Todina, Izzalini, Collazzone and Massa Martana, small villages surrounded by the green valley.
From Todi you can reach in half an hour all the most famous cities of Umbria such as Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Orvieto to enjoy the beauty of our region and taste the traditional dishes of the Umbrian cooking. Or you can tackle trails through the countryside by mountain bike or visiting places in contact with nature as the Cascade Falls, rafting or canoeing in the Nera River or hang gliding at the Plain of Castelluccio.
We can arrange for you guided tours to the major cities of Umbria, cooking school in the hotel (pasta and pizza hand made with sauce and the tipical pizza al testo), wine tasting in wine cellars, olive oil tasting, knitting courses, visit to pottery factories, chocolate factories and much more.