The Etruscan Museum. Definitely make plans to visit the collection, which is both well organized and well presented. And be sure to ask for the free tablet which will give you extra information about the statues and artifacts in English. (they don’t just offer it…which is a shame because it is well done.) Time permitting, sign up to visit the Etruscan tombs with a guide (who is included in the price of the ticket for the tour). They are located 2 kms outside the city walls, and you will have to provide your own transport to the tombs – but a visit to the interior is well worth the effort. Cost: 6 euro.

The City Underground The visit will take you in small portion on the labyrinth of tunnels that run underneath the city. Be forewarned there are quite a few
steps, because you are going underneath the city…and bring a sweater because even in summer it is a bit chilly.

Museum of the Cathedral Much appreciated was the short tour and an even smaller museum. Even if it was a brief introduction to the church, I found our guides were young and enthusiastic, taking time to explain the use of the “gallery infiltrate” that gathered water for the Etruscan population. For a long time, according to popular tradition, the location of the Porsenna’s burial place was part of the underground tunnels located beneath Chiusi. However, our guide assured us…rather despondently I might add, during the clean-up project…nothing regarding the burial was found. In reality, these tunnels are Etruscan aqueducts, comprised of tunnels of different sizes and at different depths.

Cathedral of S. Secondiano. One of Tuscany’s oldest churches

The Chiusi cathedral was built by Bishop Florentino in the middle of the VI century using salvaged material. However the travertine façade by Sienese architect Giuseppe Partini is from the end of the nineteenth century.

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