Situated right at the heart of landlocked Umbria in the province of Perugia, Todi is a tranquil hilltown towering high above the River Tiber, olive groves and sunflower fields below. A town seemingly frozen in time, Todi is home to some of the region’s most fascinating architecture, including the picturesque Piazza del Popolo. Its relative seclusion makes Todi the ideal destination to unwind — life here is best enjoyed at a slower pace.
Our luxury villas in Todi range from hilltop stone farmhouses and contemporary sustainable retreats to period palazzi with panoramic views of the timeless Umbrian landscape. Sleeping 2 to 20 people, all of our luxury villas are air-conditioned, offering a convenient escape from the Umbrian summer sun when needed.
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Nestled right in the centre of Umbria, Todi sits on a crossroad halfway between Perugia and Terni, and Orvieto and Spoleto, balancing tranquil, rural seclusion with the region’s most important historical and cultural landmarks on its doorstep.
Like many other towns in Italy’s ‘Green Heart’, Todi began as an ancient Umbri and Etruscan settlement before becoming a Roman municipium. The surrounding countryside is scattered with the enchanting ruins of castles, an amphitheatre, forum and necropolis. Its dramatic hilltop position and hardy defence system saved the town from destruction on more than one occasion in its long, yet turbulent history. The result today is a town that is well-preserved in time; three sets of concentric walls — the innermost Etruscan, the central Roman and the outer Medieval — still stand today. The entire settlement still rests upon an incredible network of ancient Roman cisterns that were still in use as late as the 1920s. As well as distant views that stretch in every direction, Todi is home to several grand episcopal palaces and the Piazza del Popolo, arguably Umbria’s prettiest square.
At the heart of Todi’s historic centre is the medieval Piazza del Popolo, one of the most photogenic squares in Umbria. It is flanked by many of Todi’s main landmarks, including the 13th-century Palazzo del Popolo, the 14th-century Palazzo dei Priori and the Romanesque-Gothic Duomo, with its delicate central rose window. Also situated on the eastern edge of the famous square, the Gothic Palazzo del Capitano is now home to the Museo Pinacoteca Comunale, which houses a collection of 17th-century paintings and ancient artefacts.
There are many fascinating churches in Todi, but the town’s crowning glory is easily the Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione. A masterpiece of late Renaissance architecture and one of the tallest Renaissance buildings in Umbria, it is built in an idealised and perfectly symmetrical Greek cross plan.
For the best views of Todi and the surrounding landscape climb the 14th-century bell tower (“campanile”) of the San Fortunato church. The Piazzale IV Novembre is the highest point in town with peaceful green spaces and the ruins of an old fortress, but you won’t get the same panoramic views here as you will from the campanile.
For more ideas on what to do in Todi, read our Todi travel guide.
Local cuisine in Todi has evolved from an ancient Umbrian culinary tradition; the food is simple, the flavours rich. The simplicity of cucina povera (“peasant cooking”) in Umbria has created staples from ingredients like legumes, Casteluccia lentils, chickpeas and fava beans. Popular game dishes include wild boar, hare and pheasant, with wild pigeon (“palomba alla ghiotta”) a particular speciality in the Todi region. Alongside black truffles from the region around Spoleto and Norcia, cured meats like Prosciutto, Salami and Mazzafegati are the real stars of the show in Umbria as well.
DOP olive oil from the Colli Assisi-Spoleto near Todi is a primary olive growing region in Umbria, producing DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) which are worthy rivals of those produced in neighbouring Tuscany.
With Orvieto DOC produced to the west and the full-bodied Sagrantino di Montefalco produced to the east, Todi is a great base for lovers of Umbria’s best wines. The town’s appellation, Todi di Grechetto, an elegant white wine was also awarded DOC status in 2010.
Travellers with a passion for wine should consult our award-winning concierges, who can arrange a wine tour of some of the finest local vineyards or a sommelier-led tasting in your villa. When you stay at one of our villas with all-inclusive wine you can arrange to have your cellar stocked with your favourite local labels for the duration of your stay.
Umbria has a long history of ceramics productions and is well-known for its hand-painted pottery, ranging from full dinner services to colourfully glazed vases and plates. The hilltown of Deruta — one of Umbria’s leading centres for majolica ceramics production — lies just 15 miles north of Todi and its streets are lined with shops selling brightly painted pottery. Umbria is also an important centre for cashmere production and there are many shops in the historic centre of Todi selling authentic pieces.
Todi hosts an open-air market each Saturday along the Via Menecali, selling local fresh produce, homeware and clothing. If you are visiting in the winter months be sure to also stop by Todi’s Christmas market in the arcades around the Piazza del Popolo.
Every traveller is different, so there is no such thing as the “best” villa near Todi; only the best Todi holiday rental for you. When you contact Tuscany Now & More, you will talk to someone who has stayed at the villas which interest you. It’s our golden rule — and why we stick to a focused, specialist portfolio of around 135 handpicked villas.
Todi’s central location in Italy’s ‘Green Heart’ makes it an ideal base for anyone looking to deepen their connection with the wider Umbria region. It sits on a crossroads halfway between Perugia and Terni, and Orvieto and Spoleto — all under an hour's drive. Umbria’s natural landmarks, including Lago di Trasimeno, the Parco Fluviale del Tevere (“Tiber River Park”) and the Mamore Falls — Europe’s tallest manmade waterfall — are all within easy day-tripping distance of Todi.
Head to Perugia for the breathtaking Piazza IV Novembre and Renaissance masterpieces, and Orvieto for crisp white wines and one of Italy’s finest cathedrals. Spoleto hosts a prestigious classical music festival in the summer months and its Romanesque Duomo houses important frescoes by Filippo Lippi.
Todi also lies between the medieval hill towns of Monte Castello di Vibio — surrounded by sublime woodland and olive groves — and San Gemini, with its natural springs and ancient Roman ruins. Of course, the tranquillity of Todi is enough to make you want to stay put, but it’s also nice to have so many options on your doorstep.
Spring temperatures are pleasant throughout most of Umbria, including Todi. Average daytime temperatures reach a high of 16℃ (61℉) and lows of 8℃ (46℉) overnight by May.
Spring is one of the best times to visit Todi when the weather is warm and relatively dry. The comfortable spring climate is ideal for exploring the great outdoors in central Umbria, like the nearby Tiber River Park.
Summer is high season across Italy and daytime temperatures around Todi can rise to an average high of 28℃ (82℉), with lows of 14℃ (57℉) overnight. Its secluded hilltop position and sleepy medieval streets make Todi the ideal destination for a relaxing, slower-paced summer vacation. This is the season for sunbathing by your private pool with a good book and Spritz to hand.
Umbria does however host several festivals in the summer months. Trasimeno Blues and Umbria Jazz are two music festivals hosted within an hour of Todi, while Todi Arte Festival takes place within the town itself. Expect an impressive programme of theatrical, operatic and musical events.
Despite the cooler temperatures, Autumn and Winter can be truly captivating times to visit Todi, particularly if you are interested in exploring Umbria at your own pace. The sun shines most days during the fall with an average daytime high of 18℃ (64℉) and overnight lows of 9℃ (48℉). Temperatures rarely fall much below 1℃ (33℉) in the winter months as well.
Not only is Fall the season of the grape harvest (“Vendemmia”) throughout Italy, it is also one of the best times for harvesting truffles in Umbria. Our concierge can arrange wine tours of local Sagrantino di Montefalco and Orvieto vineyards as well as truffle hunting in the Umbrian hills.
For more month-by-month advice on travelling to Todi, read our guide on the Best Time to Visit Umbria.
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Everyone renting a villa near Todi with Tuscany Now & More gets free, unlimited access to our renowned concierge service. If you want shopping stocked in your fridge on arrival, or a private chef to cook dinner for a special occasion, just ask. Making your holiday lettings extra-special is part of our service. While you are in Italy, our 24-hour ground staff are available by phone or WhatsApp.
You should check-in at your Todi holiday rental between 4pm and 7pm. We can accommodate different arrival times — just communicate this in advance to our office staff. Upon arrival, the villa owner or caretaker will inspect the property with you and demonstrate appliances, equipment and utilities.
Check-out is 10am on the last day at your holiday rental. The villa owner or caretaker will arrive at 9am to settle outstanding payments, if you have any. If you want to depart earlier, please let us know in advance.
Both the luxury villa and your private swimming pool will be cleaned before your arrival. Some holiday villas have additional cleaning and pool/garden maintenance scheduled during the week. Maid service included with vacation rentals involves cleaning and tidying but does not cover making beds, kitchen cleaning, laundry or ironing. Extra services can be organised via our dedicated travel concierge team.
Our Todi holiday rentals include bed linens, bathroom and swimming pool towels for all guests. These are provided weekly. Extra services and changes can be organised via our concierges.