Etruscans stand out as the stars of the show among these ancient artifacts displayed in the former church, convent, and cloisters of San Domenico. Most riveting are the large tombs, brought from around the Tuscan/Umbrian region that 2,500 years ago was the heartland of an Etruscan 12-city confederation. To best appreciate the artistry of ancient masters, just wander along the porticos of the vast cloisters and enjoy the stories of everyday life that emerge in stone on the tombs that line the walls. A man with scales in hand, perhaps an architect, stands in front of a town gate; a young couple kisses; workers harvest grapes. One of the most fascinating pieces is the Sarcophagus dello Sperandio, from the tomb of a warrior. When discovered in 1843, it was surrounded by iron weapons. On one side, three men recline on a divan, enjoying a banquet as a slave serves them; in another long relief, men, women, and animals (including heavily laden pack animals and collared dogs) follow one another in a procession, possibly a ceremonial parade or migration. It’s believed the sarcophagus was fashioned in Chiusi and brought to Perugia in heavy wagons along a rough ancient track. The Cipo di Perugia, from the 3rd century B.C., is the longest piece of Etruscan script ever found: It’s a land contract between two families, proof that real estate has always been a sound investment.