TODI - IN THE GREEN HEART OF UMBRIA
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Thanks to its central position in the middle of Umbria, our home-town TODI provides the ideal starting point to reach all the most important wine and extra virgin olive oil areas as well as all the other art towns and regional highlights in a short time.
Todi mythical foundation: an eagle, a meal, a tablecloth.
The Medieval town of Todi rises up above a beautiful hill, more than 400 metres high, in the middle the Tiber Valley. Legend tells that intense activities for the construction of the town had already begun on the shores of the river. One day, while the workers were getting ready to eat their lunch, an eagle landed in their midst and carried off the tablecloth between its claws, transporting it to the highest peak of the hill. The inhabitants of the valley thought that it was a mark of destiny and so built the town of Todi on top of the hill instead.
Even in the legend, the connection between Todi and food seems to be so strong.
The origin of the town's name is quite uncertain, but many believe it comes from the Etruscan/Umbrian word "tular" that means boundary, showing again Todi strategic position since ancient times.
At the beginning of the 90’s, the American University of Kentucky, based on a series of qualitative factors, elected Todi the Ideal City, a place in which nature and man, history and tradition are combined to a point of world-wide excellence.
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Our food&wine experiences are set in the amazing environment that is UMBRIA, with the main point of the beautiful Medieval city of Todi and its warm-hearted, generous people.
Thanks to its central position in the middle of Umbria, our town Todi provides the ideal starting point to reach all the most important wine and extra virgin olive oil areas as well as all the other art towns and regional highlights in a short time.
The millenian history of Umbria has been influenced from a gastronomic point of view. A large part of the region was inhabited first by the indigenous population of Umbri, then by the Etruscans and by the Romans. These civilizations had a considerable influence on our table, especially in the use of legumes and cereals, above all wheat, legumes and spelt, farro, one of the first cereals to be introduced into the Meditteranean countries, olive oil and wine.
During the Middle Ages, food culture was kept and preserved mainly in the monasteries which produced tasty dishes paying attention to parsimony, making molto con poco (a lot with little).
The several faithful observances of religious festivals where the Church imposed fasting regimes or dictated an avoidance of meat, also influenced the daily cooking forcing it to resort to vegetable and greens and also to the fish from the Umbrian lakes.