Travel and Culture in Umbria
Todi is rich in churches, palaces, Etruscan ruins and medieval areas that are still intact, plunged into the peacefulness of the Umbrian landscape. Moreover, the town is surrounded by three circles of concentric walls belonging to the Umbrian-Roman period, to the Roman and the medieval period respectively.
The third circle has remained almost intact until today. When you arrive in town you are surely struck by the Santa Maria della Consolazione Temple, a masterpiece made in a very effective Bramante style. If you continue going up towards the town centr, you will meet St FortunatoTemple, the town’s patron saint, which is a beautiful example of Gothic style. The town’s highest point is IV November Square, where you can see the ruins of the Rocca, destroyed in 1503 and from where you can admire a magnificent landscape above the Tevere valley.
The town’s centre and a meeting point for all inhabitants is the beautiful Popolo Square, with a medieval plant, surrounded by the cathedral and by some beautiful palaces.
If you are going out from Todi towards the North, we recommend you to stop and visit Collazzone, a small commune that preserves intact its medieval urbanistic plant, in an area which is rich in oak woods, in firs and olive trees.
Also Massa Martana is the occasion for a pleasant artistic excursion, to admire the 13th century Santa Maria in Pantano Church and the 9th century St Faustino Abbey. We suggest you not to forget the visit to the Catacombs of the ancient nearby Via Flaminia, since they are the only evidence of this historical period in Umbria.
Otherwise there is a very special example of modern architecture represented by the Amore Misericordioso Sanctuary, situated 6 Km away from Todi, in Collevalenza, that was planned in a definitely audacious way by the architect Giulio Lafuente in 1965.
Anyway we advice you to visit all the small communes near Todi as Fratta Todina, Marsciano and Monte Castello di Vibio, both for their artistic and naturalistic beauties.