An adventure among ancient legends and history in Chiusi
Between the 7th and the 5th centuries B.C., Chiusi was one of the most important cities of the Etruscan dodecapoli (the league of 12 cities).
Pliny the Elder in his book Naturalis Historia tells about a legendary Etruscan king, called Porsenna, who was buried in a magnificent tomb inside a very intricate labyrinth. According to the legend, from medieval times, the sarcophagus was held inside a golden carriage with 12 statues of horses guarded by a brood-hen and 5,000 chicks, which were also made of gold.
For a long time, popular tradition confused the location of the Porsenna's burial place with the underground tunnels located beneath Chiusi. In reality, these tunnels are Etruscan acqueducts.
This underground itinerary starts from the Museo della Cattedrale, in Piazza Duomo, and ends at the great Etruscan-Roman cistern (II-I century BC).
The visit ends up inside the bell tower, from where you can admire a splendid panorama.
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 ...