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Todi

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Italy.

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Called "the world's most livable city" Todi has built up something of a reputation in Italy. It's been a long time in coming, as some estimates put Todi's founding date at or near 2000 B.C. It's an old place. Originally one of the main cities of the Etruscan Confederation, the city has been attacked and rebuilt many times. The double walls that held of Hannibal still remain, as well as the usual huge variety of churches and cathedrals you'll find in any Italian town.

Speaking of which, if you visit the cathedral be sure to check out the giant fresco depicting the Universal Judgment. Also in the city are a group Palazzos, most built between the 13th and 14th century. In betweent the Palazzo del Popolo, the Palazzo del Capitani, and the Palazzo del Priori, I'm sure you'll find one to your taste. The church of San Fortunato is ancient, and holds the tombs of its namesake and other saints. If you're still church-hopping, head over to the Renaissance church Santa Maria Della Consolazione. It doesn't look like a normal cathedral, but it's certainly got more than it's fair share of artwork and statuary. The main altar holds a miraculous image of the Madonna, reportedly found by a worker during construction. Amazing churches and intact walls make Todi a pleasing proposition for architecture lovers.

Written by  Robert Evans.

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