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Eventi a Todi

Founded by the Etruscans and developed under the Romans, Todi is a small medieval town with Renaissance buildings in Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Todi is the ideal hub for visiting Umbria and the rest of central Italy. Rome is just 90 minutes away, Florence two hours, and both cities are easily reached by car, train or bus. There is also the Sant’Egidio International airport, just 30 minutes away from Todi in the outskirts of Perugia. Its central location allows you to reach the historical attractions of Umbria, such as Perugia, Spoleto, Orvieto and Assisi in as little as 30 minutes. In Todi and Umbria you can enjoy an alternative lifestyle, one that offers values eagerly sought after today because they are rare in modern society: slow daily rhythms allowing time for reflection, the silence of woods and free spaces - and mostly the richness of sincere and profound human relationships.

Todi is a gracious city of antique origin crowning hills from whose slopes one can see much of the middle valley of the Tiber River flowing below.

Founded by the Umbrian people around 2700 B.C., Todi’s name derives from the word tutere, meaning ‘border’ - perhaps to indicate a border delineated from the neighboring Etruscans. Todi became a municipium, hence a Roman colony, but reached its highest splendor during the Medieval period when it was enriched with splendid communal buildings and enchanting civil and religious edifices. Among the most eminent figures of Italian literature, Jacopone da Todi, friar and poet, is still famous for having written the first laude (religious hymns) in vernacular Italian.
Todi’s famous Piazza del Popolo is surrounded by beautiful public and ecclesiastical buildings and remains the center of the town’s civil, economic and social life. It is a meeting point for residents and tourists alike, with its many open air cafés and art, antique and clothing shops. It is also a great point of reference for our students who can easily build a large network of new friends while living and studying in the city as genuine residents.

Todi firmly maintains Italian and regional culinary traditions with a number of fine restaurants serving typical dishes in genuine and non-touristy venues. There is also the chance to enjoy good local wines such as Grechetto - praised by the ancient Romans, as attested by the great Roman historian Plinio il Vecchio in his renowned Natural History of Wine.

A love of music is expressed in the regular organization of classic and avant-garde musical concerts in the splendid Teatro Comunale, recently restored, as well as in other beautiful locations such as centuries-old convents, cloisters and abbeys.
Surrounding Todi is a countryside of the liveliest green and golden hues, uniquely fascinating and for this reason, the selected residence of artists and professionals from all over Italy and from around the world. It is a beautiful area both for its landscape and, from a historical point of view, rich with castles that once formed part of an articulate and effective defense system.  There are reputedly as many castles as there are days of the year - 365 are indicated on historical maps of the territory and some are still intact like Montenero, protected by its thick pine forest, Izzalini, Porchiano, Collevalenza and Canonica.

By virtue of its geographic location, Todi is an ideal place to study Italian. It has a welcoming atmosphere and friendly environment allowing the chance for students, teachers and residents to naturally create a favorable climate for language learning through full immersion into the Italian social and cultural life. A stay-over in Todi not only offers the chance to learn the language but also - and most importantly - the possibility to constantly practice Italian through direct participation in cultural events typical of the area, allowing students to savor a real taste of living in Italy.

 

 

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