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Parco Minerario Floristella-Grottacalda

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lduerrnj wrote a review Aug 2017
Brielle, New Jersey34 contributions12 helpful votes
The main reason for searching and reading about the Mines was because my grandfather was one of the Carusi when he was a child. Parents would rent out their child to be the manual labor to the miners. They slept on the ground under trees at night and worked all day for a pittance. The physical damage done to Carusi due to carrying heavy loads at a very young age was terrible. My grandfather worked the mines from the age of 7 or 8 until he left for America at 15-16. Terrible life. But someone should keep this alive to tell the story. So many people from Valguarnera left and came to Rochester NY(many to Argentina too) because of this.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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877garyi wrote a review Jun 2016
Mount Waverley, Australia86 contributions15 helpful votes
The entire site is poorly maintained. What of there is of the interpretation is faded and illegible. Run down and uncared for. I'm sure there would be amazing stories of the industrialisation of the area but it remains silent. Quite a pity Sicily has not yet understood the value tourism can bring to its failing economy.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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lucabug1 wrote a review May 2016
North Port, Florida5 contributions
The people of Valguarnera Caropepe existed for a long time working in the now defunct sulfur mines. Floristella tells the history of the people of the surrounding area and what they had to endure. It's a fascinating trip backwards through time.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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JoW169 wrote a review Sep 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin192 contributions49 helpful votes
My husband wanted to learn about the sulpher mining history of Sicily. We found this little know museum outside of Piazza Armerina. It was very difficult to find - truly off the beaten path - and clearly not designed with tourists other than Italian tourists in mind. That said, it was a fascinating look at the industry and the people involved in it.
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Date of experience: October 2014
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