a city to explore
Todi is a very old, lovely town located in central Italy, in the Umbrian region, founded around 2.700 B.C. by the Umbrians, and subsequently under Etruscan and then Roman domination.
It is a small town (population c.17,000) on the top of a hill approximately 418 meters above sea level, whose appearance has maintained the characteristics of a medieval city. The houses and historical buildings lay on the sides of the hill, creating an urban setting with a wealth of characteristic nooks,  intermixed with lovely views of the surrounding countryside and suggestive architectural moments. Since its ancient origins and throughout its eventful history the town has gradually been enriched with splendid buildings and works of art which have remained intact to the present day.
A few years ago it soared to world-wide public attention when as 'The Ideal City'.

...............Page 1: the Monuments, Historical Notes
...............Page 2: Views, Jacopone da Todi
...............Page 3: Archaelogical Todi, Museum and Art Gallery
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The monuments
The Cathedral

Above: The Choir: marquetry
Left: The Catedral and Inside
The date of its initiation and completion are 
uncertain. Some maintain that the original structure dates from the 9th C.. The church is in the form of a latin cross with three naves. It is the result of a variety of styles, due to an architectural superimposition resulting from the centuries of
construction On the internal wall of the facade there is a large fresco: "The Universal Judgement", a work by Ferrau of Faenza, called Faenzone (1562-1645).
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Piazza del Popolo

The place is the heart of city. It presently has an area of more than 4000 mq (96x42 m). The roman Forum was built on this area.

Portions of Roman road are still preserved under the present pavement.
Palace of the Priori, the Palace of the Captain and Palace of the People
The constrution of the Palace of the Priori began in 1334 and terminated in 1544. The Palace of the Captain and the Palace of the People, in italian gothic style, are two distinct, yet united, buildings originally  separated by a street. The Palace of the People was built first in 1214, the Palace of the Captain built in 1293.
Right: Palace of the Captain and Palace of the People. Detail
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Temple and Convent of S. Fortunato

The gothic style Temple was buid between 1292 and 1463 (or 1469) in honor of S. Fortunato, the patron bishop of Todi, who lived around the middle of the 6 th century. It is believed that there originally was a roman temple dedicated to the Capitoline Jove here. The facade is still incomplete but shows the
grandeur and magnificence of its conception. Inside there are three

Left: S. Fortunato view, Portal, Portal detail.
Above: the Convent.
naves of equal height and thirteen chapels with numerous 14th and 15th century frescoes, one of which is "Enthroned Virginand Child" by Masolino da Panicale (1383-1447).[left]
Right: Inside, Frescoes
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Temple of St. Mary of the Consolation
The construction of the temple began on May 17, 1509 and terminated in 1607. It is maintained that it was build following a project by architect Bramante.
The temple, that has a central plan (greek cross) with four apses, is one of the most significant products of architectural tradition of the Renaissance. Its expressive syntesys of a space at once antropocentric and theocentric renders in the most faithful expression of the "ideal church".
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Vignola Palace
The palace is composed of various separate constructions.
The original nucleus (the 16 th C. Landi Corradi Palace) was attributed to Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola (1507-1573).
It houses various exhibitions.
Historical Notes
.........Page 1: the Monuments, Historical Notes
Page 2: Views, Jacopone da Todi
.......................Page 3: Archaelogical Todi, Museum and Art Gallery

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