Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro

Archaeological Mining Park of San Silvestro


Useful Information

Location: San Silvestro
Open: JAN to FEB Sun, Hol 10-16.
MAR to MAY Sat, Sun 10-18.
JUN to SEP Tue-Sun 10-19.
OCT Sat, Sun 10-18.
NOV to DEC Sun, Hol 10-16.
[2010]
Fee: Adults EUR 12, Children (6-14) EUR 9, Seniors (65+) EUR 9, Family (2+3) EUR 28.
Adults EUR 9, Children (6-14) EUR 5, Seniors (65+) EUR 5.
[2010]
Classification:  Copper Mine  Lead Mine
Light: electric.
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Address: Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro, loc. Temperino, Via di San Vincenzo 34/b, Campiglia Marittima, Tel: 0565-838680, Tel: 0565-226445, Fax: 0585-838703, Fax: 0565-226521.
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Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:56:13 $

History

 
7th century B.C.begin of mining activities.
1976Temperino Mine closed during the mining crisis.
06-JUL-1996park inaugurated.

Geology


Description

Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro (San Silvestro Archaeological Mines Park) covers 450ha of hills north of Campiglia Marittima. It is one of the six parks managed by Parchi Val di Cornia S.p.A. The park is named after Rocca San Silvestro, a Medieval village opposite the mining museum. It first belonged to the Della Gherardesca family, and later during the 12th and 13th century it belonged to the Della Rocca family. The town was abandoned in the 14th century, today it is part of the park.

Mining in this area started during the 7th century BC. The Temperino Mine was mined from the Etruscan period to the 1970s. Today the entrance buildings contain two diffferent museums. The Museo dell'Archeologia e dei Minerali (Mineralogical and Archaeological Museum) shows a broad collection of minerals from the Campiglia Marittima. They were collected between 1995 and 1996. Between 1984 and 1992 the Rocca San Silvestro was excavated, the findings are also shown in this museum. The Mining Museum displays the development of mining technology in the area.

There is an underground tour through the Temperino Mine. It includes aride on a mine train through the Lanzi-Temperino Tunnel. The tour ends at the mouth of a limestone quarry which is still operating. The mining machinery from the closed lead and copper mines was converted for the crushing of the limestone.


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