Mine Museo delle Miniere e del Territorio

Mine Museo delle Miniere e del Territorio, Castelnuovo dei Sabbioni: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Mine Museo delle Miniere e del Territorio Reviews: 4/5

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Charli B
Gothenburg, Sweden48 contributions
What a revelation
Oct 2020 • Couples
We were looking for something to do with our last day in Castelnuovo so wandered down to the museum - not expecting much. It was amazing, a story of why the town is so new compared to its neighbours - sensitively and impactfully presented in this purpose built building. The impact is accentuated by the buildings surrounding the museum that are gradually decaying as the inhabitants had to be rehomed when the area subsided due to the activity. I was also unaware of the massacre of the miners perpetrated by the Germans on their retreat. Castelnuovo and the valley have a tragic and interesting history that I am very pleased to have learned more about. We were alone in the museum and the docents kindly took time to proudly show us around and translate the features of this fabulous community exhibit.
Written October 4, 2020
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WhoseBro
Cambridge, UK129 contributions
Visit this interesting and moving museum and abandoned town
Oct 2020 • Couples
So we thought we would walk to the museum just to see what was there. Turns out to be a fascinating and moving museum to both the old mine but also the old town of Castelnuevo.

Musuem - all about the mining. The town used to be focused on mining lignite to support the power station to provide power for Florence. Initially a deep mine until 1944 (more later). Closed in 1944 but reopened in the 1950’s as an open-cast mine which gouged out the hillside and created the lake you can see by the cooling towers today.
The town suffered from subsidence and so had to be abandoned in the 1990’s and the population moved uphill to form new Castelnuevo - hence why all the housing there is new!

There is also a memorial to events of July 1944 when retreating Nazi troops killed 74 men in the old village square before burning the bodies. Similar atrocities were carried put in surrounding villages.

The museum is very well done - a beautiful modern building with a tasteful conversion of the old church into an exhibition space.

Thanks for the tour!

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Written October 4, 2020
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Mine Museo delle Miniere e del Territorio is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM