Piazza del Popolo

Hungry for lunch (as we are always hungry!), the search was on for a place to eat; a sign for Trattoria Italia pointed us down a side alley off Piazza del Popolo.

It appeared to be a low-key family-run little place, so we entered — and found we were the only ones inside.  “La mamma” saw us to our table and took our orders.  The food was delicious and when we were well into our meals, the place slowly started filling up with locals.  We had chosen well.

It wasn't empty for long!

The skies were threatening (drat!) as we walked back through Piazza del Popolo.  At the far end of the piazza, Todi’s large Duomo drew us up its wide stone stairway and through the arched entrance.

Todi's central Duomo

An enormous rose window dominated the facade.  We entered its silent depths.

Constructed in the 12th century, most likely over the remains of a Roman temple (as so many are), this Latin Cross cathedral flaunted ornate columns, a fabulous fresco, and an amazing mosaic floor.  

But for the scaffolding from yesterday’s concert, the Piazza del Popolo and the primary medieval buildings surrounding its perimeter still look much as they have since the end of the 14th century: Palazzo del Capitano (now the location of the town’s museum), Palazzo del Priori, and the Palazzo del Popolo.

Palazzo del Capitano

Sharing this flat piazza with its medieval palazzi are little cafes, a couple of shops, and a bancomat.


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