The bedroom has a private bathroom and it is possible to use the kitchen. The apartment has a wonderful view on the valley. Many artists come to paint in this area and from the terrace the view is breathtaking. The neighbouhood is quietand the apartment is 5 minutes in walking distance from the city center. Todi is famous for its big medieval square, the three cathedrals but there are also good restaurants, a nice park and a relaxing atmosphere. Umbria has many beautiful towns and Todi is the middle of them. By car it takes about 30 minutes to Perugia,Orvieto, Spoleto and Assisi. Public transportation is also good, there are buses from Fiumicino airport and Rome Tiburtina train station every day.
The place is indeed spectacular! Even better, Lilli is an awesome person! She was responsive, accommodating, flexible, and informative. Prior to going to Todi, Lilli responded to my inquiries, and provided numerous useful information, not only for making my stay at her place a pleasant one but she also provided alternative transportation arrangement after I couldn’t get a rental car in Perugia. Although Lilli was not at her place while I was visiting, her friendly neighbor greeted me and gave me the keys for the house. I met Lilli in person at the end of my trip and that justified how a wonderful person she is. This was a perfect place for me to unwind – to read books and to relax, the place is convenient, a short walk uphill to the main piazza and places to eat. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Lilli's flat in Todi.
Lilli is charming, worldly and very friendly. Her home is beautifully done and in a quiet part of Todi, a magical medieval hilltop town.
We loved our time in Todi, and Lilli's contribution made certain that we learned the fine points, not only of Todi (do Not miss Ristorante Umbria, on the East side of Piazza Poupoli) but of the surrounding Umbrian cities, some of which Lilli suggested were not worth our visit. Her suggestions were very helpful.
Beware where you park if you have a car. We received a parking ticket where it was obvious others had been parking. One day it was fine: the next day signs prohibiting parking were taped to the trees and we had a 32 Euro citation.
That aside, Todi is truly a wonder, and if you listen to Lilli's suggestions, and accept her fun approach to travel and life, your stay in Italy will be the better for it.
The streets are very steep, so leave your high heels at home. Seeing Todi is rewarding; getting in great shape for hiking is a fringe benefit!
Ciao, Lilli. Come visit us in New England.
Lilli's flat in Todi is a great renovated flat with every modern convenience, including the shower and kitchen which she allowed us to use at will. Lilli was an exceptional host in providing information and guidance, not only in Todi, but to the entire Umbrian area, which she could do in excellent English, and she generously invited us to drive in her van with her English class when they visited Orvieto. For us, Todi was a strategic place from which to explore the gorgeous country side and many of lovely surrounding towns, such as Bevagna, Spello, Montefalco, Assisi. etc. We spent a week with Lilli and had numerous interesting discussions about food, culture, politics. etc. We felt at home immediately with Lilli, and hope to return to the area. Our experience with her was amazing and was a central feature of our month-long stay in Italy.
We were disappointed we couldn't book the location in Tuscany we wanted, so settled on staying "On the Umbrian hills" (right next to Tuscany). What wonderful serendipity! Todi is a beautifully preserved, medieval, hilltop town, but not listed in our guidebooks. We visited several other medieval towns, and Todi was my favorite. The views from Todi are of beautiful landscapes, not the urban views we got from other hilltop towns. Apparently only Italians know about this place, because we heard very few people not speaking Italian.
Lilli is delightful, personally, and as a host. Her home is a completely modern, big, bright, spacious remodel, 'hidden' behind the ancient stones of Todi. Lilli actually teaches both English (to Italians) and Italian (to English speakers), so no problem with communication. Having our own, modern bathroom was very nice.
The only problem was finding her place -- glad we had arranged a cellphone so we could call her when we were close.
Our only disappointment, as we were leaving, was that we couldn't stay longer.