Brief History

Stories sometimes appeal more to the imagination than the history itself. Legend has it that the founders of Todi planned to build their city at the foot of the hills until a remarkable miracle took place. While they were having their breakfast in peace, their breakfast sheet was suddenly ripped away from them by an eagle. The eagle then released this sheet on top of the hill. It was this omen that became the reason for the construction of Todi to start on the hilltop.

The ancient city walls look like the annual growth rings of an old tree. The inner circle is the city wall built by the Etruscans. In the Roman period, the city was expanded with a second ring of Roman ramparts. The outer ring is the latest fortification that was built in the Middle Ages. During the Middle Ages, Todi had its greatest heyday. The three castles, stately churches, and imposing palaces bear witness to this. The city almost literally has the allure of an eagle’s nest. This is not a wrong comparison, as this safe place offers endless views. And of course, the legendary eagle that proudly adorns Todi’s coat of arms!

Our 5 sights of Todi and its surroundings!

The best way to get to know Todi is by climbing up the steep streets with picturesque steps to the old city centre. If you wander around at your leisure, the sights and sounds are there for the taking.

Festivals in Todi

The Todi festival

This annual festival with theatre, dance, music, art, and literature has been around for more than 30 years and is one of the most important cultural events in Italy. The festival is characterised by treading untraditional paths and paying attention to innovative art. Every year, several well known international names participate in the festival.

Todi Magic Christmas

Throughout Europe, Christmas is the most memorable time of the year, but in terms of magic, there is only a handful that can match Todi. The city is enveloped in a warm Christmas atmosphere throughout December. The slope is illuminated by a gigantic Christmas tree with thousands of individual lights. The magic is everywhere because of the many activities, as well as small and large Christmas markets. If you live here or have booked a rental during the Christmas holidays, you have every opportunity to immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience. 

Umbria Jazz

This is the festival in Perugia where life is celebrated in all its exuberance in mid-July. The organisers ensure top programming every year. In the past, greats like Lady Gaga, John Legend, Liza Minelli, and Diana Krall have performed with great enthusiasm. Everywhere in Perugia is buzzing with life, even for the spectator who likes to wander around the old city centre. Without a ticket for the main program, you can still enjoy many of the free performances.

Chocolate Festival

Todi is only a 45-minute drive from Perugia. The annual chocolate festival held in the capital of Umbria is a delight for the eyes, ears, and of course, the taste buds. For a moment, the very best chocolatiers in the world come here. Giant chocolate blocks adorn the main square at the start of the festival. Do you think nothing crazy happens? That could not be further from the truth: At some point during the festival, the invited chocolate artists transform a shapeless mass into beautiful chocolate sculptures. Also, there are market stalls everywhere with the most versatile chocolate specialities for all chocolate lovers. Not only this, there are countless festivities to take place in. Tip: with the Chocolate Wildcard, you will have access to almost all of the grand celebrations!

Monthly Antique market in Todi

Every second Sunday of the month, an antique market is held in Todi, where you can collect the most beautiful antique furniture and decorations while walking. Just looking at the many beautiful things is more than worth it.

Food and drink in Todi

In Todi, you can eat the most delicious and varied food. The local cuisine is strongly determined by the Umbrian culinary traditions on which the landscape and the natural flora and fauna leave their mark. The hilly terrain offers particularly fertile soil for black truffles. This delicacy is often served with strangozzi or stringozzi, which can be best described as a thicker version of spaghetti. The olives and wines that you can order are usually from their region. Let’s not forget about speciality: palombacci. Pigeon meat is the main ingredient of this dish. It is wrapped in ham and slowly cooked in the oven.

Five useful tips

  • Reserve half a day for wine tasting. There are several wineries around the city, such as the Roccafiore Winery, situated in a stunning and idyllic spot. You can also take a guided tour of the extensive grounds, where pigs are kept on a small scale, and there is room for a cosy picnic which can include an exquisite wine arrangement. Or you can opt for an organised wine tour with a real expert as your wine guide.
  • Il Grottino: this is a restaurant in a charming spot in the centre of Todi. You will be awed with wonder when you visit a picturesque city like Todi. But Il Grottino is the perfect place to rest on the terrace or for an intermediate lunch. Perfect for a quick meal such as a hamburger with chips and a drink. There is a warm atmosphere around the patio due to the many old buildings lining it. 
  •  L’Altro Relais: located in a beautiful spot just outside Todi with views over the hills. Local dishes are served here but are slightly different. The food is tasteful and is presented beautifully. The wine arrangement shows a sense of style with its small details. The service you will also receive here is very cordial. 
  • Bar Pianegiani on Corso Cavour: what could be better on a hot day than enjoying a delicious ice cream? Then the most beautiful location for this is by far this bar, which is located near an old medieval fountain. 
  • Pizzas from Dige’s Pizza: as you may soon discover, pizza is not often the main dish in Italy. It is an ideal snack that you can easily order from various places. Dige’s Pizza, located near Chiesa di San Fortunato, is highly recommended when you want a quick pick-me-up. Want to see the proof? Just ask the locals, as they love coming here!

Holiday rentals near Todi

Not only is Todi enchantingly beautiful, but the surroundings are also full of beauty. Everywhere you will find old picturesque villages and various nature reserves such as Parco Fluviale del Tevere, located near Todi. Our holiday rentals in Todi are designed to blend in with this backdrop of unparalleled beauty. You will have a spacious terrace with a swimming pool and stunning views over the wide area. Most accommodations are entirely built in the style of the region with a classic stone exterior. In addition to refurbished country houses, you will also find holiday rentals with a modern look. The interior of all rooms is filled with designer furniture and carefully selected decorations. 

Living near Todi

The pleasant climate marks it very comfortable to live near Todi. Winters are mild, and summers are warm, if not sometimes hot. There is very little rain, and well into October, the barometer still hits temperatures of 20 degrees or higher. Special Umbria always selects the best houses for you in idyllic surroundings, always with spacious rooms and often with their private pool. If desired, we are happy to actively engage in property search, where you can determine the requirements yourself. 

Daily life in and around Todi is calm and peaceful, and you will live amongst the locals. But it can sometimes be challenging to achieve this picture-perfect life. The procedures for renovations and permit applications are not always clear. Special Umbria can assist you with a wide range of real estate service at this stage. We do not see ourselves as brokers who only complete a sale transaction, but like to go a step further. For many, living is a personal life project, to which we are happy to contribute with our expertise. We can offer you a tailor-made service for every stage: 

  • Find and buy a property: on our website, you will find various homes near Todi, but we can also search on your behalf for your perfect luxury villa in Italy. During this phase, we can help you set goals and look for a house. It is also possible to look for a plot where you can build your own home. 
  • Construction & Project Management: once you have purchased land, we will assist you with the construction project, from the designing process with an architect to the application details for permits. We offer the same service if you have already found a house, but want to renovate or expand it. Do you want to invest in a villa to sell or rent it out later? Then we are happy to help you make a risk analysis, in which we will accurately map out what your goals are, what the risks are, and what benefits you can expect. 
  • Interior consulting: this is the last step before moving into or renting out your property. Based on your wishes, our interior designer will make a complete sketch of your interior. If desired, they can also help you with the purchase of designer furniture and decorations that will complete your house.
  • Property maintenance and management: if you do not want to live in your home all year round, it is good to think about maintenance while you are away. Special Umbria is happy to help you keep your house in perfect condition or arrange suitable tenants. The latter is an excellent way to recoup part of your investment immediately.
  • Sell your property: this may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are creating your dream home. But there may always be unexpected circumstances in which you want to sell your house. We will look for a suitable buyer for you!

Houses and plots for sale near Todi

Villa Damiano

A top villa in the middle of the rolling hills around Todi, which was completed in 2008. The architecture is based on the architectural style of the classic country houses that you will find in various locations in Umbria. The owners have furnished Villa Damiano in a modern style with designer furniture and decorations, several of which can be bought if desired and is therefore included in the purchase price. The house comes equipped with all the comforts to make your stay enjoyable during every season: central heating, double glazed windows, air conditioning, satellite TV and a complete alarm system.

Villa Damiano has a total of 6 bedrooms, 5 of which have an en-suite bathroom. The en-suite bathrooms are luxuriously decorated with marble fittings. In addition to a bath, shower, toilet, and bidet, the master bedroom has a spacious walk-in closet. The villa has a beautiful open design, where the large kitchen, dining room and spacious living room with fireplace are openly connected. From the kitchen, you have direct access to the veranda.

From Villa Damiano, the garden descends onto terraces. A round natural stone wall separates the lawn from the pool. There is a pergola with a shade cloth along the edge of the water. The latest addition is a vegetable garden, which also provides a place with shade to cool off on hot days. The spacious garden situated in a breathtaking landscape means you will live wonderfully secluded. There is also a wide driveway that leads to a spacious parking space with space for several cars.

Although Villa Damiano is wholly hidden in the rolling hills, it is only a 10-minute drive to the centre of Todi. Perugia, the capital of Umbria, is 55 km away. Within a radius of 100 km are several cities such as Montepulciano, Castiglione del Lago, Cortona, Gubbio, Orvieto, Montefalco, Deruta and Assisi.

La Fattoria

When you follow the road to the villa La Fattoria, you will find yourself in a fairytale setting, in which the green hills with forests give way to a driveway with cypress trees, an extensive olive grove, and a lush garden with a private pool and views over the valley of Monte Peglia. The rustic style of the farmhouse harmoniously matches the natural beauty in the area flawlessly. The house comes equipped with a large number of ornate wooden window frames, vintage doors, and old beams. An authentic stone fireplace and the tiled floor enhance the rustic setting.
La Fattoria has a total of 5 bedrooms and four bathrooms, including two en-suite bathrooms on the ground floor. On the first floor, there is a single bedroom and a double bedroom with a private balcony. The kitchen is spacious and has direct access to the back of the house. From the living room, you can reach the garden with a swimming pool.

A technical room and laundry room are also on the plot, as well as a car cover with a backroom. If you want to live in a secluded place, La Fattoria is perfect. The property is surrounded by 4 hectares of land and 450 olive trees. The small town of Doglio is only a 5-minute drive away.


Canalicchio is a plot with a large piece of land and a small building subject to planning permission. This is the perfect starting point for dreamers with a vision. You have a large site with 350 olive trees, good for an annual yield of about 500 litres of high-quality olive oil. An eye-catcher is the Canalicchio castle that you can see in the distance. The stunning view with natural beauty on all sides provides an attractive backdrop to build a new country house. The construction of your swimming pool is also allowed.

Il Borgo

Il Borgo occupies a special place in our wide range of villas and country houses. The Italian name means castle and that will be discovered as soon as you start living like a gentleman or lady of class. This monumental building dates back to the 11th century and was further expanded in the 16th century. You will have your own adjacent chapel with authentic decorations and architectural stylings. There is even a Romanesque wall painting. The adjoining building is currently used as a canteen.

Il Borgo has been entirely restored by the current owner, who used the original materials as much as possible. This has resulted in a colourful interior in which all shades harmonise one another. The old wooden beams have been whitewashed. The brown-red tiles have been preserved in their original state and enhance the authentic character. All five bedrooms have a bathroom with marble elements, stone or ceramic sinks, and one or more olden elements that have been preserved.

The master bedroom has three panoramic windows overlooking the garden and Todi in the distance. The showpiece in the room is the old ceramic stove. There are also two bedrooms with a working fireplace.

Il Borgo has not one but three living rooms. One of them is connected to the authentic kitchen with an old but still functioning firebox. This room contains an old, built-in library filled with antique books. The second living room can be used as a dining room. The large windows offer astonishing views of the river of the Parco Fluviale del Tevere. In the living room, there is a door that gives you access to the outside terrace. Finally, the third living room is located on the first floor but is also directly connected to the garden and terrace via a loggia with a stone staircase.

Due to its unique character, Il Borgo is sold as a ready to move-in home, including a fully furnished interior where old and new come together perfectly. When you arrive, Il Borgo looks like a small fortified town. The house is directly connected to the surrounding hamlet.

Rosaro I

This is a piece of land where you can build a luxury villa or two small houses to your liking with permission for a pool of up to 300 square metres. The plot is situated in a unique location between Todi and Acquasparta. From here, you can enjoy a breathtaking and unobstructed view of the Umbrian hills. There is room for a lot of privacy, and yet the land is not far from the nearest village and the facilities that go with it. Special Umbria is happy to help you to design and build your villa entirely in Umbrian style after the purchase!

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Weather and climate

Due to the hot summers and mild winters, Todi offers a perfect climate to spend your time comfortably all year round. In the summer, the temperature rises to more than 30 degrees, while it still easily exceeds 20 degrees until late autumn. There is rain, but the rainfall is spread throughout the year. That explains the green hills in combination with the olive trees.

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Fly on

Todi and the surrounding area are easily accessible thanks to the multiple airports in the region, including Perugia Sant'Egidio and Roma Ciampino to the south. Other easily accessible airports are Ancona Falconara, Roma Fiumicino, and Firenze Peretola. Todi has a train station from where you can travel to different destinations and airports in Italy.

Would you like to know more about our holiday rentals, our properties, or our services in Todi, Italy? Check out our Facebook page for more information, view our available accommodations on our website, or feel free to contact us! We are more than happy to help you. 

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