The Cathedral Museum and the Etruscan Cuniculi

Chiusi holds a collection of important archeological finds, jewelry, sacred objects, sculptures in wood and ivory, paintings and miniated codes

The museum is situated next to an early-Christian cathedral (6th century) named after Saint Secondiano the Martyr. The pinacoteca, or main gallery, which is located in a building that dates back to 1932, was instituted to conserve and showcase the artworks of the cathedral. It was renovated in 1984, and a new section, showcasing artworks from other churches of the dioceses, was inaugurated in 1992.

Museum visits also include visits to the Episcopal palazzo and its gardens as well as the opportunity to view the Porsenna Labyrinth, an underground archeological tour of the Etruscan Roman and medieval ruins beneath Chiusi. This underground route travels under the main piazza and reaches the Roman cistern and cathedral tower, from which is possible to partake in a stunning panoramic view of the Val di Chiana. One can also visit the catacombs of Saint Catherine and Saint Mustiola, which are located just outside of Chiusi.

The museum collection is comprised of artworks and other treasures from the 15th to the 19th centuries that belong to the cathedral, including those from the Saint Stefano Conservatory and the church of Saint Francis. The collection also includes miniated codes from the 15th century from the Abbey of Monte Oliveto and paintings and other objects from various parishes of the diocese.

Opening hours:
7/1-31/3: Tuesday – Thursday – Saturday, 10am-12:30pm
1/4- 31/5: every day, 10am-12:30pm
1/6-15/10: every day, 10am-12:30pm and 4pm-6:30pm
16/10-6/1: every day, 10am-12:30pm
Sundays and holidays: always open, 10am -12:30pm and 4pm-6:30pm.
Price: 2€ only the museum; Porsenna Labyrinth 3€; catacombs of S. Mustiola and S. Caterina full price 5€ and 3€ for students.
Accessibility to the disabled: partial, only the ground floor.

Piazza del Duomo, 7
Tel.: 0578-226490

Rises on a hill on the southern confine of the Valdichiana
The city of Chiusi gets its name from the Latin “Clusium” which is an adaptation of the Etruscan name “Clevsin”, dating back to the era of its foundation thanks to the Etruscan civilisation. Between the VII and V centuries BC Chiusi reached its maximum splendour under the domination of King Porsenna and in 351 BC, occupied by the Romans, it became an important Roman military station taking on ...