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Todi, Todi

Tourist info: 28/29 Piazza del Popolo
Italy 06059
Tel: 39 075 894 5416; 39 075 894 2526's insider take:

Todi has been referred to as Italy's "ideal town" (the phrase was coined by Kentucky University professor Richard S. Levine, an expert in sustainable cities), and visitors to the walled village often agree. Although residents might complain that Todi is too quiet to be ideal, and too full of foreign expats to be affordable, those stopping there on holiday are almost always charmed. Scenic Piazza del Popolo is at the center, and top, of Todi's dense web of medieval streets: Here you will find the Duomo, with exquisitely carved wooden intarsia choir stalls dating to the 1520s. On the other side of the square, the tall Gothic Palazzo del Capitano, one of three medieval civic buildings in the square, hosts the Museo-Pinacoteca di Todi, a collection of artistic and archaeological bits and pieces illustrating the history of the city, housed in a series of richly decorated rooms that are as worthwhile as the collection itself (Piazza del Popolo; 39-075-894-4148; closed Mon.). Below the town walls stands the isolated and stunning Renaissance church of Santa Maria della Consolazione, worked on by various architects in the course of the 16th century (Via Circonvallazione Orvietana; 39-075-894-8482). For nine days in mid-July, the town comes alive during the Todi Arte Festival, with concerts, plays, and dance performances (

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Todi is really the ideal town

It has been an unforgettable experience, unfortunately too short.Environment, lifestyle and people really make of it an ideal town. The quality of food and lodging... more