From the centre of the Earth
Tracing the footsteps of miners throughout the tunnelsand wells
and industrial archaeology
Tracing the footsteps of miners throughout the tunnels and wells and industrial archaeology.
The museum is at about one kilometer from the historic center and was built at the ancient copper mine of Caporciano. The mines were actively open throughout the Etruscan time and up to the 1900’s. The recovery of this ancient productive place gives us a start into discovering the fascinating journey of the marriage of history and memory.
Valdicecina has been the center of countless mining activities since ancient times. The Mine Museum shows the wide range of resources, places and activities related to the sector. Housed in the 14th century Palazzo Pretorio of Montecatini Val di Cecina, it is an integral part of your complete visit circuit.
The mining history, between geology and extraction
Follow the geological and cultural history of Valdicecina
The entire Upper Cecina Valley abounds in underground resources such as halite, copper, alabaster and geothermic fluids which have been utilized since antiquity.
The detailed documentation displayed in the museum is integrated by a visit to the Caporciano mine (once the richest copper mine in Europe), including the administrative and technical offices at the entrance to the mine, the Alfredo shaft and the Muraglione dam.
The museum not only offers historical information about the Carporciano mine from 1827 to 1907 but also displays a comprehensive and thematic account of the wide range of underground resources utilized since antiquity, other 19th century copper mines that left their mark on remote areas, the story of the salt works from antiquity to the present day, the alabaster craft, the geothermal basin and usage of the endogenous fluids, the exquisite workmanship of the chalcedony mosaics, the lignite mine, the sulphurous springs and a splendid collection of multifarious minerals.
The Caporciano mine houses a rich archive of administrative books (pay rolls, work schedules, registers and correspondence) technical plans (of the mines, galleries, machinery and equipment) enriched by specific publications on the range of underground resources in the area.