Caporciano Mine in Montecatini Val di Cecina
A journey into the bowels of the earth
Montecatini is well-known due to the ancient copper mines in Caporciano, which were in operation until 1907. The ore was mined as far back as the Etruscan period to make tools and other objects. The mining works were the most important in all of Europe in the 1800s. Here the Montecatini Company was born, and was named after the village. It was one of the most important European factories, which later came to be part of the Montedison company.
Its history is displayed in the Mining Museum which – together with the industrial archaeological park and the mining village – offers visitors of all ages a fascinating tour deep down in the bowels of the earth, down shafts and along tunnels, in order to find out more about mining techniques and the stories of miners. In summer, this mine becomes a delightful backdrop for performances and concerts.