This museum path documents the history of the production and sale of gunpowder, an activity that shaped the Chitignano area in the 19th century.
The production of explosive powder in the Chitignano zone was for years one of the area’s dominant activities vaunting age-old traditions. This activity is tied to its feudal history, a period when locals could bypass the law and formed a sort of economic-commercial enclave for contraband and illegal items in the surrounding area.
The most bustling authorized activity was that of numerous gunpowder deposits scattered in the woods, which outside of the monitored activities led to the ever-growing contraband market.
Outside the town you’ll find an itinerary called the ‘Polveriera dell’Inferno’ (Hell's Gunpowder Magazine), which takes visitors to one of largest deposits following an evocative path along the forest's torrent.