Todi was founded between the eighth and seventh century BCbyUmbrians and later dominated by Etruscans and Romans.
The city is enclosed within 3 walls (Etruscan, Roman and medieval) and full of both above ground and underground treasures, such as the Roman cisterns that are located under Piazza del Popolo, and which were once used to collect 'rain water. Todi is well known for its medieval quartersand alleys and for its many architectural and cultural wonders such as the Duomo, the Temple of Consolation, built in the sixteenth century according to a design by Bramante, the Church of San Fortunato dedicated to the patron saint of the city and built in the thirteenth century, whose crypthouses the tomb of the humanist poet Jacopone da Todi, a thirteenth-century poet who composed historical laudi poems such as "O Signor, per cortesia".
Around Todi it is still possible to admire the numerous castles that were once used as fortresses to defend the town, among them the Castle of Frontignano, the Castle of Speltara and San Terenziano.
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