Travel Italy 2016, Chiusi & National Etruscan Museum

We decided to go check out the Chiusi Lake area on yet another beautiful day from our base at Villa Mazzi in Montepulciano. We passed vineyards and sunflower fields along the way, and the farmers were combining wheat and rolling hay. img_6626img_6630We stumbled upon Etruscan tombs as we were driving to the lake and stopped to see them.

The lake was absolutely flat, quiet, hot and deserted so we didn’t linger. img_6634

We arrived in Chiusi and the first thing I spotted was the National Etruscan Museum. I had read about the Etruscans but didn’t really know about their culture, so wanted to learn more. Their culture lasted from the 8th Century BC to the 3rd and 2nd BC. After touring the museum, we were astounded at how advanced their culture was! I encourage all visitors in the area to tour this museum.

http://www.prolocochiusi.it/en/

http://www.prolocochiusi.it/en/museo-nazionale-etrusco-e-tombe/

Their sculpture, pottery, and jewelry were amazing!

img_6773We wandered around the town for a bit, and then circled back to a restaurant just down the street from the museum for lunch that had outdoor seating.

We arrived at Osteria Etrusca just as they opened for lunch. Our steak and potato entree and pizza with house red wine were delicious, and after lunch we headed home for a nap. http://www.osteriaetrusca.it/

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