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Parco Museo Minerario

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Parco Museo Minerario

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Howard D wrote a review Jul 2018
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As a geologist with experience in mining, I was fascinated with the story told about mining methods from the early 1800s to the present and the changes in technology. The Museum captured these topics so well and showed how the mines operated through a series of stations in a simulated mine on the surface. It was very realistic and was described by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. The Museum galleries had many exhibits that explored the daily life of miners and their families. I feel this is a "must-see" stop in a beautiful part of Tuscany. More than likely this mining centre had a Nova Scotia, Canada connection. The output of the mine was cinnabar, the ore of mercury. Nova Scotia gold mines required a lot of mercury to separate the gold and this mining region probably supplied much of the mercury. At present expect, most of the exhibits and animation to be in Italian. This may change in the future with more use of English. I highly recommend this museum: it is a treasure! Howard Donohoe, PhD, P.Geo.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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vetcla wrote a review May 2018
Syracuse, Italy49 contributions18 helpful votes
I took here a couple of Canadian friends, knowing that, as a geologist, he would be very interested in visiting an old Italian mine and all the machinery etc. I was not expecting such a modern, well-designed and informative experience - it was at the same time very interesting and a lot of fun for all three of us, thanks also to our very passionate guide. I highly recommend it!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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rocrat wrote a review Jul 2017
Tucson, Arizona7 contributions8 helpful votes
This is a well curated museum on the local history of mining mercury. It is certainly worth a half day but I would devote more time than that.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Thombo648 wrote a review May 2017
Viterbo, Italy26 contributions16 helpful votes
This museum is operated in such a way as to create a learning environment and interest in everyone who sees it. This was a stop my husband wanted to make but I didn't think it would have much to offer me but I was totally wrong. The information is presented in the most creative ways and allows you a step into a world most people could never even imagine. The tour covers all aspects of the mining experience including those of the miners families and community. It covers a period of eighty plus years and offers a view into all those different times. Our tour guide Massimo, a decedent of the original miners, was willing to share an insight to the mines history that would be difficult to find in a book. He was very informative and clearly also totally interested in his subject and able to share and convey his own enthusiasm.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Ross M wrote a review Aug 2015
Limerick, Ireland63 contributions24 helpful votes
So the deal is that you get to go on a four hour tour of a working mine. The only catch is that need to plan on the four hours in advance AND need to bring warm clothes with you. It can be 38 degrees outside and 4 in the mine. Plan in advance and you likely will love it!
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Date of experience: May 2015
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