Discover Chiusi in few hours
A unique and fascinating journey that will allow you to discover the wonders of the town of Chiusi and its indelible history linked to the culture of the Etruscans. A tour that will start with a visit to the National Etruscan Museum full of sarcophagi, canopic objects and ancient artifacts, the Etruscan Necropolis with its Tombs and to follow the St. Secondiano Cathedral and its Museum to then dive into the underground passageways of the Labyrinth of Porsenna. The tour will end with the Civic Museum – The Underground City, its epigraphic section and the underground pond.
Arrival in Chiusi Visit to the National Etruscan Museum, one of the most important in Italy for the knowledge of the Etruscan civilization throughout its development. The collection presents pieces of great value, with objects ranging from the Bronze Age to the Lombards.
Moving towards the Necropolis of Poggio Renzo to discover the Tomb of the Lion and the Tomb of the Pilgrim, a particularly significant example of a family burial at the end of the 4th - 2nd century BC. Excavated in the sandstone, it has a long corridor in which four niches and three rooms of different sizes open up. Inside still retains most of the urns and sarcophagi of the original seventeen burials.
Lunch at a typical restaurant in the historic center
Visit to Piazza Duomo with the St. Secondiano Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in Tuscany, dating back to the 6th century AD. Of particular interest are the eighteen Roman columns, all different from each other, with Ionic and Corinthian capitals. The central nave and apse were painted in imitation of the mosaic at the end of the nineteenth century by the Senese painter Arturo Viligiardi, who was inspired by the models of Ravenna and those of St. Maria Maggiore in Rome.
Visit to the Cathedral Museum and Porsenna's Labyrinth. The Museum of the Cathedral whose exhibition is divided into four sections that contain valuable materials, from the early Christian, medieval and modern periods. The fame of the museum is linked above all to the splendid collection of Benedictine Miniated Codes, from the second half of the fifteenth century, coming from the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The Labyrinth of Porsenna is a stretch of the ancient Etruscan hydraulic system that winds under the city until it reaches an imposing Roman cistern and ends on the Bell Tower from which is possible to admire a beautiful panoramic view over Chiusi.
Walk on Via Porsenna where are located the most important buildings of the city, until reaching Piazza XX Settembre, with the Town Hall, the Clock Tower and the Palazzo delle Logge.
Visit to the Civic Museum-The Underground City where is exhibited the world's largest Etruscan epigraphic collection, which counts about 300 urns and 200 tomb tiles and from where it is possible to enjoy the suggestive view of the famous underground pond.
Proposal valid for at least 2 people.