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Mining archaeology

Montecatini Val di Cecina - Pozzo AlfredoThere is also an underground province of Pisa: the spontaneous appearances of nature and the underground spaces that tell of the history and work of mankind.

These locations are far from the well known and well trodden routes and boast a heritage of natural and archaeological-mining treasures to discover.

Visitors to the Cecina Valley and the Colline Metallifere can go in search of traces of the mines, the underground works.

The key to finding extraordinary sites is to follow the common thread of a route that entails the value of the archaeological evidence, the significance of the archeo-industrial heritage, the imposing mineral manufacturer and working structures and the quality of the resources of the landscape, such as the ancient copper mines of Camporciano, the richest in Europe, in the municipality of Montecatini Val di Cecina .

The multiple heritage of history, art, nature and technique at Volterra forms the solid foundations of the territory, where alabaster has been worked since the Etruscan-Roman age to produce highly artistic objects and a very important specialist craftwork has been devised (cinerary urns and sculptural architectural artefacts from the Guarnacci Museum of Volterra).

The distinctive bursts of white steam from the “soffioni” geysers of Larderello are typical of the Cecina Valley. This remarkable natural phenomenon represents the world’s first experience with the use of geothermal power to produce electrical energy.

It will be a journey in time and space, along winding, scenic roads by the comfort of a car or the freedom of a bicycle, exploring the places of great interest and allure that enhance and complete the attraction for tourists and are an appealing option for everyone: couples, families or students.