The richest copper mine in Europe in the 19th Century

The entire Upper Cecina Valley abounds in underground resources such as halite, copper, alabaster and geothermic fluids which have been utilized since antiquity.

The Mine museum, housed in the 14th century Palazzo Pretorio in Montecatini Val di Cecina documents the vast range of resources, sites and activities located in the Upper Cecina Valley. The detailed documentation displayed in the museum is integrated by a visit to the Caporciano mine (once the richest copper mine in Europe), including the administrative and technical offices at the entrance to the mine, the Alfredo shaft and the Muraglione dam.

The museum not only offers historical information about the Carporciano mine from 1827 to 1907 but also displays a comprehensive and thematic account of the wide range of underground resources utilized since antiquity, other 19th century copper mines that left their mark on remote areas, the story of the salt works from antiquity to the present day, the alabaster craft, the geothermal basin and usage of the endogenous fluids, the exquisite workmanship of the chalcedony mosaics, the lignite mine, the sulphurous springs and a splendid collection of multifarious minerals.

The Caporciano mine houses a rich archive of administrative books ( pay rolls, work schedules, registers and correspondence) technical plans (of the mines, galleries, machinery and equipment) enriched by specific publications on the range of underground resources in the area.

Mine Museum

Address: Museo delle Miniere – Archaeological Area

Località La Miniera
56040 Montecatini Val di Cecina (PI)
Tel: +39 0588 31026 / +39 0586 894563 – Cooperativa Itinera

Address: Museo delle Miniere – Documentation Centre Piazza Garibaldi, 1
56040 Montecatini Val di Cecina (PI)
Phone: +39 0588 31026 / +39 0586 894563 – Cooperativa Itinera

Archaeological Area


The Museum of Mines will remain CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS
from 08/01/2019 to 28/02/2019



Public opening with guided tours.

From 25th April to 31st May, Thursday through Sunday:
10:00/13:00 – 15:00/19:00
Guided tours: 10:00 – 11:30 – 15:00 – 16:30 – 18:00
Friday afternoon tour of 15:00 at a reduced price

From 1st June to 31st August, Thursday through Sunday:
10:00/13:00 – 16:00/20:00
Guided tours: 10:00 – 11:30 – 16:00 – 17:30 – 19:00
Friday afternoon tour of 16:00 at a reduced price

From 1st July to 31st August:
20:00: Buffet-Dinners by candlelight, on Friday, by reservation only (before 19:00).

From 1st to 30th September, Thursday through Sunday:
10:00/13:00 – 15:00/19:00
Guided tours: 10:00 – 11:30 – 15:00 – 16:30 – 18:00
Friday afternoon tour of 15:00 at a reduced price

Special Opening APRIL 2018:
Wednesday 25th

Opening hours of the mine: 10:00-13:00/15:00-18:00
Departure of guided tours: 10:00/11:30/15:00/16:30
Cost of entry and visit: 7 € adults, children 6-12 years 5 €.
A quarter of an hour before the start of the visit is maximum 25 people per visit.
For information or contact coop.Itinera tel.0586/894563 int.3 from Monday to Friday from 9 until 13
Special Opening:
Easter and Monday Easter, May 1st: 10:00/13:00 – 15:00/19:00
June 2nd, August 15th: 10:00/13:00 – 16:00/20:00

Winter openings in relation to Holidays.

Documentation Centre



From 1st July to 31st August
sunday only: 10:00/13:00 – 16:00/20:00
Booking Tours out of opening hours on request.

Ticket prices and routes on reservation
visit the Mining Museum website

Info and Reservations

Mine Museum
Località La Miniera, Thursday through Sunday
Phone: +39 0588 31026 / +39 0586 894563 – Cooperativa Itinera


Museum Guide

Mine Museum Guide

Download HERE the Museum Guide

Introduction to the Museums of the Cecina Valley

Download HERE the Cecina Valley Museums introduction

Archaeological Heritage

Sites of historical interest

Satellite Coordinates Lat. 43.392325 – Long. 10.75141
Website Mining Museum of Montecatini Val di Cecina
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