Legend has it that when work was underway for the construction of the city on the banks of the River Tiber, an eagle arrived while the men were still eating and swept away the tablecloth with its talons and left it on top of the hill. The inhabitants of the valley thought that it was a sign of destiny and built the town of Todi on the hill. One of Todi’s most distinguished citizens was Jacopone, an important lawyer, born in1236 who, at the age of 32, converted and began to lead a monastic life of poverty.
In 1400, after a period of sharp decline, the town began to flourish again, thanks to Bishop Angelo Cesi. Important urban and architectural work was carried out, such as the construction of the Fontana della Rua or Cesia, of the Church of the Crucifix and the beautiful Temple of the Consolation, situated at the foot of the city, completed after the Bishop’s death.