For a long time, an underground Labyrinth was believed to be located beneath the town of Chiusi as part of Porsenna’s burial place. 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 made of gold. This popular tradition was a mistake: the underground tunnels located beneath Chiusi were nothing but the Etruscan acqueducts.
The itinerary through the Labyrinth of Porsenna begins in the Museo della Cattedrale, in Piazza Duomo, and ends after 130 m at the great Etruscan-Roman cistern that dates back to the 1st century B.C.
From the cistern, visitors take the stairs to the base of the tower, built in the 12th century. From the top of the tower, the picturesque rooftops of the historic centre, the medieval fortress, the “Beccati questo” and “Beccati quello” towers, and the lakes of Chiusi and Montepulciano make for a beautiful view.