Tuderte is a touristic area between Perugia and Terni in the middle of Umbria. This area is characteristic of an hill landscape sorrounded by Martani Mountains, a gorgeus frame in whole district; Tuderte includes also artistic town and historic villages that preserve the typical features of medieval villages, where the volumes of the lay and religious buildings overlook the fantastic squares full of history and, from them, born a lot of picturesque narrow streets that enclose historic centres wrapped by huge walls and castles, a very important and effective defensive system in the past. Tuderte’s area is a mystical environment where you can discover archeological ruins that refer to Etruscan and Roman period, medieval buildings and churches sitted in unusual landscapes. More precisely the area includes Todi, Collazzone, Massa Martana, Marciano, Fratta Todina and Monte Castello di Vibio, that are fantastic locations that join to the food culture, the medieval charm and the typical handicraft. The origins of this area refer to Todi’s birth, probably in 2707 a.C when Veii Umbri’s population arrived in Capo Tudero and decided to live along Tevere’s river.After, this population decided to build very tall walls on the hills and a fortress called Tudero. Etruscan’s arrive is proved by the ruins of the walls, as Marzia’s door but mostly Todi’s Marte a famous bronze statue (5th century a.C.). Since the 3rd century a.C., Todi was dominated by Roman population that joined to Tutere and after made larger the walls with Aurea’s door, Catena’s door, Libera’s door creating an amphitheatre, some temples and the Foro with the tanks. In Tuderte’s history it’s important to remember 1809 year becouse the Pontificio State and Tuderte were joined to Napoleone Bonaparte’s empire and Todi was promoted as the biggest centre of the Trasimeno Department and surpassed Perugia. During the Risorgimento period after Roma’s end, Garibaldi went to Venezia passing through Todi and stayed in Montesanto monastery. People that lived there, remembering Garibaldi’s arrive, planted a cypress in the vegetable plot under the square dedicated to him that it’s visibile now yet. During the 20th century Todi was introduced in a new European and Italian economic system slowly cause of its natural position, once very advantageous, but now less becouse it has old methods of farming and a poor commerce of textile handiworks. Afterwards, Todi starting to trade nationally, joined a normal industrial level, even if the main activity in Tuderte is the farming. However, this solitary confinment of this area about the commerce has been a positive thing becouse it has encouraged the preservation of the old farming methods, the cooking traditions, the artistic natural treasures that today are a big heritage.
TODI (clic for view)
MONTE CASTELLO DI VIBIO (clic for view)
MASSA MARTANA (clic for view)