Museo delle Miniere di Montecatini Val di Cecina

Mining Museum in Montecatini Val di Cecina

It’s possible to visit the 300m deep mine shaft where copper was once mined

Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1
Montecatini Val di Cecina has always been linked to the old mines of Camporciano, which remained active until 1907. This is where the Montecatini brand originated. The mine, which is still visible less than one kilometre from the village centre, marked a turning point in the history of copper mining. It is not by chance that the Etruscans were the first to exploit the abundant natural resources of the area, using the precious metal to forge tools and ornamental furnishings. To perpetuate this important historical period, it was decided to set up an industrial archaeology museum in the former mining area and in what is left of the mine.
The proposed visits offer the opportunity to appreciate the many riches of this place: the history, natural beauties and interaction between man and land. The mine complex tells a story of men whose industriousness and enterprise changed them from simple workers to craftsmen and even artists. From the Pozzo Alfredo, the fulcrum of the mine, miners went down more than 300 metres to get the precious metal. Guided tours are available for the mine complex and the Pozzo Alfredo. Special visits and educational and fun activities are organized for children. These include A Miner’s Day, an activity designed to introduce children to the mine in a fun way.

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Montecatini Val di Cecina
A delightful village that has preserved its mediaeval core
Montecatini Val di Cecina is situated south of the river Cecina, in the centre of the valley bearing its name, on the west slope of Poggio la Croce. The village has a mediaeval centre, next to which has been built the more recent part, down in the valley. ...