What to See and Do
The countryside is scattered with Etruscan tombs, only a few
of which can be visited because most have deteriorated too much for public viewing. Fortunately, two of the most remarkable can be visited: Tomba della Scimmia and Tomba del Leone and have guided tours (visits 11am, to 4pm Mar-Oct, to 2.30pm Nov-Feb) that start at the National Archaeological Museum.
The Museo Archeologico Nazionale (tel. 0578 2 01 77; Via Porsena 93; open 9am-8pm) showcases and labels (also in English) its finds from nearby tombs (picture 3). Admission is free.
The 19th century Romanesque cathedral and its museum (tel. 0578 2 64 90) are on Piazza del Duomo. Highlights in the duomo are the ancient psalm books on display.
The Labirinto di Porsenna (Picture 1 and 2) are tunnels constructed beneath the Piazza del Duomo in the Etruscan times. They used to provide Chiusi with water. Only part of these tunnels are open to visitors but you can hire a guide at the Museo della Cattedrale.
After the Etruscans the Christian era left its mark here: the catacombs. These are located a short drive from Chiusi. The guided tours also depart from the cathedral museum. The tourist information office is located in the main square, Piazza Carlo Baldini (tel. 0578 22 76 67; prolocoChiusi@bcc.tin.it; open10am, to noon and 3-6pm Jun-Aug, to noon rest of the year).