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Museo delle miniere di mercurio del Monte Amiata

The Mount Amiata Mercury Mines Museum

Learn what life was like for mercury miners

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Santa Fiora
The Mount Amiata Mercury Mines Museum is housed on the ground floor of the ancient Palazzo Sfroza Cesarini. The six rooms of the museum each tell part of the story of the mercury mines which Mount Amiata was famous for in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Mining activity in the area between Santa Fiora and Castell’Azzara is examined in particular detail. The museum documents the techniques used to find and extract mercury in the area throughout history. The locations of various mines are identified and there are displays of the tools and equipment used by miners.

Many documents and images in the museum illustrate the risks miners ran and the all too frequent tragic consequences of their work. There is also a section dedicated to miners’ strikes which were held in protest of poor working conditions. The museum is also home to a small archeological section with artifacts that date back the third century BC. The museum is part of the Mount Amiata Mining Park.

Opening hours
January - April: Saturdays 5:30pm-7:30pm, Sundays 10:30am-12:20pm
May – December: Fridays and Saturdays 5:30pm-7:30pm, Sundays 10:30am-12:30pm
August: open everyday 10am-5pm and 9pm-11pm

Entry fee
€1,50 reduced ticket
€1,00 over 70 years and school children

Disabled access
In part

Contact information
piazza Garibaldi 25
Santa Fiora (Grosseto)
Telephone: Sistema Museale Amiata (The Amiata Museum Group) 0564969602 or 3477036157 for the Associazione culturale Minatori per il Museo (the Miners’ Cultural Museum Association)
E-mail: museominiere@yahoo.it, sistemamusealeamiata@cm-amiata.gr.it
Santa Fiora
Sheltered on a cliff of volcanic rock, which dominates the spring of the Fiora river, the village of Santa Fiora has a different history unlike the other centres of the Amiata region. Indeed, the village was not subject to the rule of the Abbey of Santissimo Salvatore, but soon became the most important Amiata property of the Aldobrandeschi family, enduring numerous occupation attempts by the ...