Museo delle Miniere di Montecatini

Mine Museum of Montecatini

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Open: Easter to JUN Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun, Hol 15-19.
JUL to AUG Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun, Hol 16-20.
SEP to 15-OCT Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun, Hol 15-19.
Guided mine tours every hour at the entrance of the mine.
Fee: Mining museum: Adults EUR 3.
Mine tour and mining museum: Adults EUR 5, Reduced EUR 3.
Mine tour, mining museum and medieval town: Adults EUR 8.
Classification: MineCopper Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: Mining museum: self guided.
Mine tour: D=45 min.
Mine tour, mining museum and medieval town: D=3 h, min 8 participants.
Address: Museo Delle Miniere, Piazza Garibaldi 1, 56040 Montecatini Val di Cecina PI, Tel: +39-0588-31026.
Comune di Montecatini Val di Cecina, Tel: +39-0588-31026, Fax: +39-0588-31615.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1469 first written mention of the mining.
1827 mine re-opened.
1855 shaft Pozzo Alfredo inaugurated.
1907 mine closed.



Museo delle Miniere di Montecatini (Mine Museum of Montecatini) is dedicated to the mining history of Montecatini Val di Cecina. The earliest mine happened during Etruscan times, and was continued until the 20th century with several interrutions. The mining miseum is located in the Palazzo Pretorio, the former seat of city government, at the Piazza Garibaldi. It is also called Centro Di Documentazione (documentation center).

The Miniera di Caporciano (Caporciano mine) is located about 1.5 km from Montecatini Val di Cecina. The heyday of the copper mine started 1827 when the mining was reactivated. The engineers August Schneider and Sigismund Hiller developed the mine which made it one of the most modern and productive mines. During the 19th century it became the largest copper mine in Europe. At the end of the nineteenth century, the mine was purchased by the Società Anonima della Miniera di Montecatini. But the costs of extraction increased because of the increasing depths of the ore. And due to a lack of modernization of the mine became more and more unprofitable Finally it was closed permanently in 1907.

The mine entrance and the surface structures were restored. The underground tour shows real mine galleries which were dug during the 19th century.