Museum of the Mine of Gambatesa

Recently realized, the “Museum of the Mine of Gambatesa”, in a few months of activity got a great notoriety, so it’s now one of the most visited place in Liguria, being part of famous journey in the middle-East side of the region such as Cinque Terre, Portofino or the Acquario di Genova.The Museum is realized within the Regional Park of Aveto: it includes some of the highest peaks of the Appennino Ligure as Mt. Aiona (1703 m) and Mt. Penna (1735 m)
The Graveglia Valley, crossed by the Reppia Torrent, represents one of the most southern valleys of the Park.
The most interesting mining center is the Mine of Gambatesa, last layer found in this area.
100 years of uninterrupted work: so, the mine activities became part of the natural environment.
The valley is delimited by Mt. Zatta (1404 m) at north, by Mt. Chiappozzo at east and by Mt. Bossea at west.
The area consists mainly of woodlands and pastures and is crossed by a network of trails, including the karst one that starts from the little village of Arzeno.

There are a lot of mineral-layers in the valley, always related to the magmatic rocks of an old oceanic depth (Ophiolite)

In 100 years of activity, the Mine of Gambatesa made the Liguria Region (and mainly the Graveglia Valley) the most important area in Italy for the production of Manganese, representing one of the richest layer found in the whole Europe.

The aim of the Museum is to preserve and enjoy part of the cellars, the external buildings and its mineral archives.

The aspects highlighted are natural, geological, historical and geographic, to preserve centuries-old traditions of mining, social and human activity.

For further info:

Miniera di Gambatesa:
tel. +39 0185 338876,
from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 p.m.
e-mail: [email protected]


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One Response to Museum of the Mine of Gambatesa

  1. warcraft says:

    This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

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