Piazza del Popolo is home to three harmonious public buildings from the 13th and 14th centuries that lend the square its austere dignity; the Palazzo del Capitano, where the tourist office is located, the Palazzo dei Priori, with its curious trapezoidal tower, and oldest of the three, the Palazzo del Popolo from 1213. Todi’s Duomo is simple and elegant, graced with a rose window added to the 12th-century structure in 1500.

These medieval stones are quite recent in the scheme of the town’s past, which is said to stretch to at least the 7th century b.c., though legend has it that Hercules founded the town a century or so before, and it was here that he killed Cacus, the fire-breathing dragon. It’s known that the Romans usurped an Etruscan outpost sometime around 217 b.c., and their walls are still part of the town’s massive fortifications.

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