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Italian Towns: Slow Down and Relax in Todi, Italy

Umbria_Todi_Cathedral_blgIn Umbria, nestled in between Orvieto and Perugia, Todi is a town where a slow paced life and wonderful landscapes will bring you back in time and allow you to reconnect with an authentic old fashioned life. Todi, for these reasons, has became one of the favourite locations for Americans to plan their getaways, in this area lots of American artists, photographers and former businessmen have found their new home or retreat.

The legend said, that Hercules after defeating the horrible Cacus, a Giant that used to subsist on human flesh, built the actual Todi with the name of Eclis. Historically, Todi was founded in between the 7th and 8th century BC by the Umbri, and as every town or city in Italy has seen many invaders and different rulers. This town is considered by the Italians, and not only, to be one of the most livable places in all of Italy.

Different walking itineraries inside and in the surroundings of the city center permit you to really enjoy this town. For example, aside from the usual must see sightseeing like the Duomo and Piazza del Popolo, both located in the heart of the village, just outside the walls there is the outstanding church of Santa Maria Della Consolazione. A Greek-cross plan church that took more than one century to be built. Exploring the surroundings by foot, by bicycle or by car you find yourself immersed in a countryside with wineries and taverns or places like the Franciscan Montesanto with its incredible view on the Tiber valley and all the rolling hills around Todi.

The Todini (the inhabitants of Todi) are silent people. They love to live their town in a quiet and mannered way. They gather around a table and really like to enjoy dishes like Pan Caciato, Palomba alla Ghiotta or every simple, and not sophisticated plate, that could be accompanied with their typical white wine the Grechetto DOC.

Tutus, the Etruscan name of Todi, located in the heart of Italy, still represents an untouched and unbiased town away from the hustle and bustle of modern society. Its flavors, views and tranquility attract people from all around the world just to feel what the word “relaxation” really means.

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