Mining Museum — Montecatini Val di Cecina

OPENING HOURS / GUIDED TOUR

OPENING HOURS

APRIL 1 TO APRIL 24
Saturday and Sunday
Guided tours start at:
10.00 — 12.00 — 15.00

EASTER, EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 25
Domenica 9, lune­dì 10 e mar­te­dì 25 aprile
Guided tours start at:
10.00 — 12.00 — 15.00

FROM APRIL 27 TO MAY 31
From Thursday to Sunday and May 1st
Guided tours start at:
10.00 — 12.00 — 15.00 — 17.00

FROM JUNE 1 TO AUGUST 31
From Thursday to Sunday and Monday 15 August
Guided tours start at:
10.00 — 12.00 — 16.00 — 18.00

FROM SEPTEMBER 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30
From Thursday to Sunday
Guided tours start at:
10.00 — 12.00 — 15.00 — 17.00

FROM OCTOBER 1 TO NOVEMBER 30
Sunday and November 1st
Guided tours start at:
10.00 — 12.00 — 15.00 — 16.30

The visit itinerary

Museo delle miniere

Starting from the fir­st extrac­tion well of the 30s of the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, we will go up to its sym­bol tower, the Alfredo well with its 320 meters depth and its extrac­tion system with tubs still intact.

Museo delle Miiere

After pas­sing throu­gh the old car­pen­try we then enter the fasci­na­ting under­ground world and can explo­re a part of the main gal­le­ry also kno­wn as “bel­ly of the wha­le”.

Museo delle Miniere

After visi­ting the ex mana­ge­ment offi­ces and the labo­ra­to­ry for che­mi­cal ana­ly­ses, the gui­ded tour of the Mining Park will end out­doors in the pre­mi­ses of the ex wash-houses.

Discenderia

It is also pos­si­ble to walk along the rou­te of the Mine Descent, the access tun­nel to the mine’s under­ground, on defi­ned days and times: a 200 small steps rou­te that rea­ches a depth of about 100 metres.

The Museum offers three types of gui­ded tours:

Guided tour of the Mining Park

Alfredo Shaft, gal­le­ry and ex work­shops. Duration of the gui­ded tour is appro­xi­ma­te­ly 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The rou­te does not pre­sent any par­ti­cu­lar dif­fi­cul­ties. Suitable for all adul­ts and chil­dren aged 4 and abo­ve. Closed-toe shoes are neces­sa­ry and it is recom­men­ded to bring some­thing to cover one­self when wal­king throu­gh the gal­le­ry. There are stairs along the rou­te. Small-sized dogs are allo­wed, but during the gal­le­ry por­tion of the tour, they must be car­ried in one’s arms.
Guided tours during ope­ning hours in Italian and/or English depen­ding on participants.

Guided tour of the Mining Park and Mine Descent

Alfredo Shaft, gal­le­ry, ex work­shops and mine descent. Duration of gui­ded tour is appro­xi­ma­te­ly two hours.
Only on spe­ci­fic days and times and for a maxi­mum of 8 persons.
In addi­tion to the visit to the Mining Park, the iti­ne­ra­ry inclu­des descen­ding throu­gh a stair­ca­se to a depth of appro­xi­ma­te­ly 100 meters (mine descent). The rou­te is not acces­si­ble for peo­ple with redu­ced mobi­li­ty or tho­se una­ble to move inde­pen­den­tly. It is acces­si­ble for chil­dren aged 12 and abo­ve only if accom­pa­nied by at lea­st one adult. It is man­da­to­ry to wear trek­king shoes and bring some­thing to cover one­self when wal­king throu­gh the gal­le­ry. Animals are not allowed.
Guided tours in Italian during ope­ning hours. English-language tours on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Guided tour of the Mining Park, Wind Farm, Muraglione Dam and Oratory of Santa Barbara

Duration of the gui­ded tour about three and a half hours.

Itinerary of historical-naturalistic inte­re­st. During the rou­te it will be pos­si­ble to obser­ve both the fir­st public-owned wind farm pla­ced on the hills over­loo­king the mine at an alti­tu­de of about 600 meters and the Muraglione dam, a com­plex for dam­ming the water neces­sa­ry for washing the extrac­ted mine­ral, reo­pe­ned to the public sin­ce April 2023 and set in a beau­ti­ful natu­ral habi­tat. The iti­ne­ra­ry also inclu­des a visit to the Oratory of Santa Barbara, of which the ear­lie­st records date back to 1660 dedi­ca­ted to the cult of the Madona of Caporciano. Rebuilt in 1789, in 1842 the ora­to­ry was dedi­ca­ted to the patron saint of miners, Santa Barbara. Inside is the pain­ting of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a valua­ble work by Mexican pain­ter Juan Rodríguez Xuárez.
Guided tour by reser­va­tion only for groups of mini­mum 20 participants
Contact the museum. Cost Adults € 12.00 — Children 6 to 12 years old € 10.00

4,6/5
  • Beautiful expe­rien­ce. The mine is a glimp­se of the past that is real­ly worth seeing. The staff are very friend­ly and show a great pas­sion for what they do. External visit but abo­ve all visit also insi­de the mine exca­va­tions. Very nice.

  • Beautiful. Very good guide.

  • Must see, highly recom­mend! A uni­que expe­rien­ce. Excursion sui­ta­ble for adul­ts and children.

  • Beautiful visit for adul­ts and chil­dren. It lasts about an hour mostly out­doors and for a short distan­ce in the tun­nel. Our gui­de Mariangela was com­pe­tent on the mine and on the ter­ri­to­ry and also very nice. Recommended.

  • Here we under­stand that human inge­nui­ty has no limi­ts if it wan­ts to. The gui­de is very pre­pa­red. Certainly inte­re­sting for chil­dren too.

  • Definitely a pla­ce to visit. Rich in histo­ry and well explai­ned by kno­w­led­gea­ble staff.

  • We spent a very inte­re­sting day, the gui­de was very very pre­pa­red and explai­ned eve­ry­thing to us. We will be back next year.

  • I recom­mend you to go and see the museum and the mine, two hours in the com­pa­ny of the gui­de Andrea explains very well.

  • Very inte­re­sting pla­ce and pre­pa­red and enga­ging gui­de. Willing to move a boo­king to the last.

  • Sunday mor­ning spent in excel­lent com­pa­ny immer­sed in histo­ry bet­ween the ear­ly nine­teenth and ear­ly twen­tieth cen­tu­ries: pre­pa­red gui­de, you would stay hours liste­ning to her. Sublime land­sca­pe, to go back absolutely.

  • A jour­ney throu­gh time to disco­ver hard work accom­pa­nied by a trai­ned and enga­ging gui­de. Highly recom­men­ded for adul­ts and children.

  • A sug­ge­sti­ve pla­ce nestled in the hills of the upper Cecina val­ley. The gal­le­ries and the district are well pre­ser­ved and main­tai­ned. Perfect for chil­dren and families.

  • Beautiful pla­ce and won­der­ful landscape.