An ancient legend narrates that the city that today is called Todi was originally founded in 2707 B.C. by the VeiisUmbri, which guided by Tudero had decided at first to settle long the shore of the river Tiber.
While big boulders had already been deposited for the construction of the wall that would surround the city, an unforeseen event determined the future location of the city. Some work men were eating their meal, when an eagle swooped down, took their food to then perch itself on the hill behind.
This was taken as an omen by the gods, and soon after the construction of a great wall commenced around the hill, which was called “Nidole,” since it had been the location of the eagles nest and the town was then called Todi in honour of Tudero the ancient ruler of that Umbrian tribe.