This is a fabulous house that dates back to the 13th century, as witnessed by a Romanesque lion's head still in the facade. It has been entirely renovated (with suggestions and designs by the great sculptor Beverly Pepper). It is inside the town walls, about 5 min. walk from the main square, so it is conveniently located in terms of shopping. Because it is flanked by the apse of the church of S. Prassede on the south-west side, and has a 1,200 sq.ft. garden in front, it is very private and quiet. All the windows have great views of the valley below and the Martani mountains directly east.
Todi is smack in the center of Umbria, one of Italy's most beautiful and artistic regions. (It is much less touristy than neighboring Tuscany.) Todi has about 9,000 inhabitants, with very little industry and rolling hills and farm land all around. It is set on top of a hill, 480 sq. meters above sea level, and is primarily medieval in its architectural make-up.
My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English. My mother is Italian and
I have lots of relatives here. We have two children, William, a pianist/composer who lives in NYC and Alice, a contemporary dancer who lives in London.
We lived in Todi for 12 years between 1974 and 1986. It is truly an
'Ideal City', but don't tell too many people, or it will turn into another
San Gimignano (the town in Tuscany with more tourists than townsfolk). For years we searched for a property here and
finally found it. One that we could restore as we wanted.
Not many properties in Todi with such views and with a 400 sq. meter garden inside the city walls.