This ancient city dates its history back to the Etruscan era during the 6th century BC and consequently has a long and fascinating history. It is a great place for choosing a holiday home for those wanting to enjoy historical or art-related tours of the area, being within easy reach of Rome, Florence and Siena. The nearby lakes of Chiui and Montepulciano and the unspoilt mountains of Cetona and Amiata make it the ideal base for nature-based holidays too.
The lowlands around your Chiusi holiday home are a treasure-trove of ancient Etruscan tombs. Many are closed to the public, but guided tours are possible to some of the less archaeologically important ones and make a fascinating day trip.
Although many of Chiusi's rich archaeological finds have been removed to other museums, the local Museum of Etruscan History has some excellent exhibits in a neoclassical building on Via Porsenna. Painted urns and funery urns have beautiful decorations and symbols. The 12th century Duomo Cathedral is also very impressive and has its own museum with remains of the 3rd century city walls in the gardens. A tour of Chiusi's underground tunnel system is also a fascinating step back in time.Dining Out
Chiusi is known for its excellent restaurants. Sampling the local cuisine and excellent wines are the perfect way to end a hard day exploring the local history. Tasty crostini and sliced salami can be enjoyed as you peruse the main menu which may typically offer wild boar lasagna, spicy lamb abbachio or the local delicacy - suckling pig.
The city of Florence, world-famous for its architecture and art, is just 100km from Chiusi. Art lovers will revel in the art museums and the rich heritage in the many churches in Florence. The Duomo has the largest brick-built dome in the world. Visitors can climb to the top for excellent views over the city. The nearby Campanile or bell tower and the baptistery buildings are both wonderful sights and the shops on the Ponte Vecchio are worth visiting.Siena
Siena is an important city just 60 km from your Chiusi holiday villa. It has some fine architectural treasures including the Cathedral. The town square has many fine buildings and is the location of the Palio Horse race. This cultural pageant is performed on horseback, by skilled bareback riders (contrada) and the aim is to win the Palio, an ancient painted cloth. It takes place on July 2nd and August 16th each year.
Chiusi enjoys mild winters and summers which are long, dry and sunny, which is why holiday villas in Tuscany are so popular. From April to the end of October temperatures range from 19-32°C (66-89°F) in this area, with slightly more rain during the winter months.
The nearest airport to your Chiusi holiday villa is the Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO) Airport in Rome which has many daily flights all over Europe. It is approximately 137km from the center of Chiusi. Ciampino (CIA) Airport is also reasonably close, about 145km from your Chiusi holiday home.