Art in Umbria

From the ancient Romans to the Middle Ages: the many faces of Todi

An alternative itinerary that will lead you to discover all of the town's marvels


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Tired of only seeing churches, museums, and monuments? Finally, Todi is the place for you. The itinerary we suggest for you today will lead you to discover the city's underground treasures, the traces of the Middle Ages, and the surrounding Umbrian countryside.

Ready? We begin with a visit to the Cisterne (‘the cisterns'): over 5 km of tunnels and more than 500 wells built by the Romans under the central piazza del Popolo, the function of which was to collect rain water. We are inside a sort of invisible Todi, uncovered thanks to the research and work of the Gruppo Speleologico Tuderte.

Returning to the surface we jump back to the Middle Ages through a visit to the towns of Borgo Nuovo, Borgo di Porta Fratta, and Ulpiano. Here, the narrow streets and alleyways frame beautiful vistas, immersed in the magical atmosphere of local craftsmanship. These places used to host 23 guilds which were in charge of the entire local economy.

The historic centre, furthermore, distinguished itself through the presence of numerous castles which, connected to one another, formed a strong defensive system. Some of these forts are still visible from the retaining walls of Parco della Rocca. Also not to be missed is the Montenero complex, a building dating from the 15th century and enshrined in a pine forest.  

But Todi never ceases to amaze and offers some breath-taking vistas onto the surrounding greenery and natural landscape. If you decide to pass through here, you can stop by Piazza Garibaldi, the city's highest point, and take in the view.