Todi, Italy, is a hill town in Umbria with a very long history. Dating back long before the Roman Empire, Todi was founded in 2,700BC by the Etruscans, and many fascinating monuments from throughout the ages can still be seen today. Todi is a fashionable town for tourism, which despite its ancient roots has a fairytale medieval air.
The main square in Todi, the Piazza del Popolo, is regularly described as the archetypal medieval piazza, and the best example to be found in Italy, and rightly so. The focal point, the domed Cathedral, which stands at the top of a flight of wide, stone steps, is a beautiful place which hides a number of interesting artefacts, which makes it well worth exploring from a Todi holiday rental. For a little history on the region which Todi services, the Etrusco-Roman Museum and the small art gallery housed in the Palazzo dei Priori will give you a great insight.
The Giardino Pubblico is a heavenly little park where many a large lunch has been slept off, in view of one of the most magnificent panoramas for many miles. However, the countryside which surrounds the town is ideal for walking, cycling and mountain biking, and there are some idyllic hollows and little niches from which to admire the countryside.
The villas of Todi have drawn painters from around the world to enjoy painting holidays, focusing on both the countryside and the urban landscape. However, you must be warned, however much you plan from you Todi holiday, a large proportion will be spent sampling the magnificent cuisine from the numerous top class restaurants which are scattered around the town.
Massa Martana is a nearby walled town which is the toast of historians from around Italy. The huge, yet stylish town gates which dominate the town walls are inscribed with inscriptions from across the eras like historical, cultural graffiti. The Todi Ice Cream Festival is also held here every August, and is a great time to take a holiday rental in Todi, especially when considering the heat.
From May until mid-October, temperatures in Todi average over 20°C, and in July and August maximum average temperatures reach up to around 28°C. In the depths of winter, temperatures reach about 10°C daily.
Perugia Airport (PEG) is just 45 minutes away from Todi, Umbria, and receives regular cheap flights from the London Stansted (STN) provided by RyanAir.