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Chiesa di San Fortunato
Ranked #7 of 37 things to do in Todi
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Owner description: This beautiful Gothic church is situated in the charming medieval village of Todi, an important historical and artistic center.
Reviewed 12 May 2016

This is a fabulous church, found on the main road into Todi. It's not so opulent as some in Italy, but the very simplicity of it is its charm. Recently it has undergone some renovation.to reach the church you have to climb a lot, and I mean a lot of steps! I found the best way was to sort of zig zag up and down! You can climb up into the bell tower for a fantastic view of Todi and surrounding countryside, but I'm afraid I chickened out!
Well worth a visit, and check beside the church to the right. You will be surprised at what you see...

Thank Berni P
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

Saint Fortunato beckons from above in all its largesse- teasing with its unfinished, less than imposing two faced unfinished exterior: "Make the piccolo pilgrimage up and in to see what's ahead". How did the Franciscans come to express their values in a Gothic setting, virtually unheard of anywhere? It turns out the church was originally Benedictine, which explains the confusion.

Its size is imposing, built from the late 13th through the 14th century, with an impressive display of imposing frescoes. Under the altar and beneath is the potent somewhat Napoleonic marble tomb of a wealthy merchant who changed his ways dramatically upon the death of his wife, so much so as to be rejected by the Franciscans as rigidly austere in his religiosity. He was later castigated as a heretic, but won that battle to become a principal heroic figured father figure to Todi.

The reinvented Jacapone also left us with a major work-th Laudi which, along with Dante's La Comedia is considered a primary source in the stabilization and transition to an Italian language.

Finally, there is the incandescent stain glass which looks as if it were completed yesterday and finish buffed this morning. The Church of Saint Fortunate reminds us not to judge a book by its unimpressive cover, especially a holy one.

1  Thank preglad
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Reviewed 25 November 2015

The church is different to those in the area, the steps leading up create a design of angles and lines making it look more imposing than it really is.

Beware the road at the entrance is in use and cars do shoot by in mad italian style.

If you walk around the left side and follow the roads as they wind down, you will pass under one of the many arch "gates" to a view over the tops of house that cling to walls of this hill.

It is wonderful.

Thank Nat P
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Reviewed 18 November 2015

The facade is beautiful: really impressive, at the end of steps, dominating a little square.
Inside, all is white and calm ... Meditative and contemplative location.
Underneath, in the crypt, there's the grave of Jacopone da Todi, a friar who wrote "Stabat mater", an inspiring hymn to Mary set to music from Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Rossini and other important composers.

Thank TeoArio
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Located on one side of the Piazza del Popolo, this church is well worth a visit. Apart from its painting of the resurrection it has one of the most vibrant stained glass windows I have seen.

Thank rtcfix
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