A collage of soft-stone houses, palazzi and belfries pasted to a hillside, Todi looks freshly minted for a fairy-tale. Wandering its steeply climbing backstreets is like playing a game of medieval snakes and ladders. The pace of life inches along, keeping time with the wildflowers and vines that seasonally bloom and ripen in the valley below.
Like rings around a tree, Todi's history can be read in layers: the interior walls show Todi's Etruscan and even Umbrian influence, the middle walls are an enduring example of Roman know-how, and the 'new' medieval walls boast of Todi's economic stability and prominence during the Middle Ages.
Todi destination guides
Cycle through the rolling Umbrian countryside, discovering medieval hill top villages en route
Country Walking in Umbria
A hike back through history between the Umbrian hill top towns of Assisi and Todi