Porta Catena

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Walk through this well-preserved example of Todi’s ancient city gates and imagine the many battles which have unfolded here over the centuries.

The Porta Catena is a relic of the long history of the pretty hillside town of Todi. This ancient gate is part of the great city walls, and today it still offers a significant insight into the past. Walk through the gate, just as thousands have done before you throughout the centuries, and explore the sturdy fortifications which once safeguarded Todi from attacks.

The city of Todi expanded over the centuries, and this is very clearly shown by the concentric city walls which still remain. The innermost walls date to the Etruscan period, around the 3rd century B.C., while the middle walls are of Roman origin. The outer walls date to the medieval period. However, it is along the Roman section of the walls that we find the Porta Catena. Wind your way through the fairy-tale town, along cobbled lanes and hidden backstreets, until you find this distinctive tall, arched gate.

Many of the city’s ancient gates have been long lost, but the Porta Catena is one of the few remaining examples that are still intact. During the Roman period, in the 1st century B.C., the city of Todi gradually grew to include civic buildings, grand villas, thermal baths and impressive temples. The city was then known as Julia Fida Tuder. It was during this time that the second ring of walls was built. Walk through the high, double-arched gate of Porta Catena and past the tightly packed historic buildings as you enter the scenic heart of the old town of Todi.

The Porta Catena is located in the center of the beguiling city of Todi and, like most of the city’s highlights, it is easily accessible by foot. The town can seem like it is a bit of a maze, but just ask any local to point you in the right direction. Alternatively, have fun getting lost amid the labyrinthine lanes of this picturesque place, and remember to look out for the ancient gates as you amble around.

Top Hotels Close to Porta Catena

Agriturismo Poponi
Agriturismo Poponi
Via Mezze Piagge 26, Todi, Perugia, 06059
The price is $99 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
$99
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3
Stay at this farm stay in Todi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Porta Catena and Porta Aurea are located nearby. Discover ...
3.9/5 Good! (9 reviews)
Disapointing
"The family owners couldn’t be better. ! The accommodation was OK, location OK , the breakfast was little choice of food and drink. Best way of describing it is lovely people running it on a shoe string for profit."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Agriturismo Poponi
Hotel Bramante
Hotel Bramante
4 out of 5
Via Orvietana, N. 48, Todi, PG, 6059
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Todi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.5/5 Good! (53 reviews)
"The view is stunning, the rooms are not. The staff varies some nice, mostly very unhelpful. The view makes upfield the horrible broken shower and the beetles in the room."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Hotel Bramante
Tuder
Tuder
3 out of 5
Via Maesta Dei Lombardi 13, Todi, PG, 06059
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $102 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
$102
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Todi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (40 reviews)
"We stayed at Todi as it was a good base to explore Umbria. Location was great for this purpose and the town centre only a 20 minute walk. Tuder provided comfortable accommodation with good service with the only negative being the size of our room which was quite small. However friends traveling with ..."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Tuder
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Agriturismo Poponi
Agriturismo Poponi
Via Mezze Piagge 26, Todi, Perugia, 06059
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Hotel Bramante
Hotel Bramante
4 out of 5
Via Orvietana, N. 48, Todi, PG, 6059
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Tuder
Tuder
3 out of 5
Via Maesta Dei Lombardi 13, Todi, PG, 06059
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Flora Hotel
Flora Hotel
via G.Cocchi 13, Todi, Provincia di Perugia, 6059
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Romantica Todi
Romantica Todi
Via del Forno 26, Todi, 06059
Romantica Todi
Casale Giovanna 6+1, Emma Villas
Casale Giovanna 6+1, Emma Villas
Todi, Umbria
Casale Giovanna 6+1, Emma Villas
Hotel Fonte Cesia
Hotel Fonte Cesia
4 out of 5
via Lorenzo Leonj, 3, Todi, PG, 6059
Hotel Fonte Cesia
Historic center apartment in the medieval village of Todi.
Historic center apartment in the medieval village of Todi.
Todi, Umbria
Historic center apartment in the medieval village of Todi.
Villa Luisa
Villa Luisa
3 out of 5
Via Angelo Cortesi 147, Todi, PG, 06059
Villa Luisa
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