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 "I went to Todi Italy, a medieval hilltop town in Umbria, to reclaim my Italian, a language I had learned at 16, mastered as an exchange student by 18, but had abandoned by 24" -thus begins one of the most enchanting articles about the magic of travelling to Italy and falling under that country's spell that I have ever read...


(by Martha McPhee who teaches at Hofstra University)


Speaking of travelling to Italy, two of my clients are headed to Todi in May for a fact finding visit to the Palazzo Berti MariniThings are looking very promising... Interested?   Tel: 585 905-0849




Speak! Language Center's annual trip, "Two Weeks in Todi" takes places from June 20 to July 4th this year ( about $2200 including classes, lodging and most cultural events). The school (www. also offers customized trips year-round.


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How to Get There: If you fly into Rome's Fiumicino airport, Todi is easily reached by bus (the trip takes three hours and costs less than 20 euros). Flying into the smaller Perugia airport is also an option. For more information, go to


Where to Stay:   Speak! Language Center will do the booking for you and there are a number of hotels to choose from: In central Todi, try the charming and historic San Lorenzo Tre , a bed and breakfast with views of the surrounding hills, located on a side street just off the main piazza.  Just outside Todi, consider the elegant boutique hotel Roccafiore  which also houses a spa and winery. A favorite, of course, is Acquaviva   in the countryside, surrounded by gorgeous views of Todi.




Corsa dei Ceri  -  Italian Festival on May 15th


gubbioGubbio is best known for its palio, the Corsa dei Ceri, a spectacular run held every year on May 15, in which three teams, devoted to S. Ubaldo (the patron saint of Gubbio), S. Giorgio, and S. Antonio, run through throngs of cheering supporters (clad in the distinctive colours of yellow, blue and black, with white trousers and red belts and neckbands), up much of the mountain from the main square in front of the Palazzo dei Consoli to the basilica of S. Ubaldo, each team carrying a statue of their saint mounted on a wooden octagonal prism, similar to an hour-glass shape 4 meters tall and weighing about 280 kilograms.

The race has strong devotional, civic, and historical overtones and is one of the best-known folklore manifestations in Italy; the Ceri were chosen as the heraldic emblem on the coat of arms of Umbria as a modern administrative region.

A celebration like the Corsa dei Ceri is held also in Jessup, Pennsylvania. In this small town the people carry out the same festivities as the residents of Gubbio do by "racing" the three statues through the streets. This remains an important and sacred event in both towns.

Gubbio was also one of the centres of production of the Italian pottery (maiolica), during the Renaissance. The most important Italian potter of that period, Mastro Giorgio, was active in Gubbio during the early 16th century. 



Palazzo Berti-Marini lies on a quiet Medieval street within steps of the city's main piazza, in the desirable historic center of Todi, the prettiest of Umbria's storied hill towns in the 'Green Heart of Italy'. This unbelievable renovation was recently featured in the New York Times.

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"We love the idea of owning the Todi palazzo and want to know more about taking the next step"- Please contact us Ginny! 
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36 Howell St
Canandaigua, New York 14424
(001) 585 905-0849