Noble homes, theaters, furniture and clothes, technology…
…as well as art and science: discover the remains of the past centuries that still live on in the Valdicecina, with our interesting and beautiful itineraries
Volterra and Valdicecina were real protagonists of an 1800s “Renaissance”. This is where alabaster travellers and scientists put their innovative projects into action and made them go on into the first half of the 20th century, when the valley lived its best years.
“Palazzi”, theaters, landscape paintings, pieces of industrial archeology and the area’s mining history allow visitors to explore and understand the recent past, oftentimes surprising in its unexpected and intact charm.
An ancient bourgeois home
The old noble dwelling in Pomarance tells the story of a rich family’s daily life in the countryside
Music and art flourish in the theaters of the Valdicecina, examples of the liveliness of the community.
They’re still active today and are the most representative of the area’s culture
An industrial “borgo” from the 1800s
It was built in the 19th century as an example of modern production
Larderello’s development started in the mid-1800s due to the use of boron, a chemical naturally present in the area thanks to the geothermal energy. Mister De Larderel wanted to build the first industrial settlement, which is where the name of the town comes from. Throughout the years, the town’s success continued growing thanks to the production of energy from geothermal sources.
A journey through the 1800s
An ancient land balancing resources and growth
The Mining history
A fascinating journey that starts in Montecatini Val di Cecina. Here you can visit parts of the 19th century-mines, a network around 35 km long, the tower of the Pozzo Alfredo shaft with its authentic freight elevator, and the Church of S. Barbara, protector saint of miners.
The whole area around Larderello is built around the development of geothermal energy. It is the area’s essence, with the natural surfacings of hot water rich in minerals in Sasso Pisano, the “biolago” and the smoke coming from the Earth, the “Valle del Diavolo” (Devil’s Valley) and the thermal springs.
The dramatized tour
A beautiful “palazzo”, the life of an art-loving adventurer, customs, fun facts and fun
This is what you can expect from your visit here. We’ll bring you back throughout history, and it’ll be like a stage where you can be the protagonists!