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Facts and story of the Mine Complex

Saturday 14.00 - 17.30 Sunday 9.00 - 12.30 from 6 people

The tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday by reaching the minimum number of persons established. You will be notified of the booking confirmation accordinly with the tour organization.

OUR STORY

Starting on the 6th December 2008, the Museum located in the building that, has been inagurated. Located at the entrance to the village, once housed the warehouse of the mining village, made up of numerous other buildings of which almost no trace remains today; following the liquidation of the Carboni Italiani Company (A.Ca.I.) set up in 1956, the various logistics plants were in fact dismantled and the exploitation of the mineral deposit was ended. Created to coincide with the work of setting up the mining site thanks to the contribution of former miners and their families, the rich collection testifies to the evolution of the mining site up to the period of its maximum expansion and its production processes; among the numerous exhibits, the most substantial contributions come from the photographer Luigi Gardel, who has made available several of his photographs and material belonging to the mining expert Massimo Mocci, and by Mr. Rinaldo Raber who, having worked for many years .Ca.I., has conserved a precious series of documents and objects related to the activities of the Technical Office of the time, and has collected his memories in two books in which he describes minutely the events of the Cludinico Mine and the local exploitation of the fossil carbon. In this way it was possible to create an ideal path organized into thematic sections that allows visitors to become aware of the entire production process, from the representation of outcropping levels to the findings of cores carried out with Swenska probes, from tunnel advancement systems to the blasting of mines, from the tools used for the extraction of coal, to the forge and to the carpentry equipment; a special space is dedicated to life in the lodgings and leisure time for miners, many of whom come from outside the region. The instruments used for topographic surveys, the carbide lamps used by miners, the objects of the Technical Office and the historical bibliography dedicated to the mining world are also well represented. It is impossible to list all the memorabilia on display here.

THE MINE

The Museum is the starting point for the visit inside the former Creta d'Oro mine (which is part of the entire mining complex of Cludinico together with Vareton and Rio Malon), rediscovered by the naturalistic guide Michele Covassi; it is an interesting dive into the past, which will leave an indelible memory of those who will have the opportunity to explore it: along the maze of tunnels now illuminated and secured, equipped with a helmet and a pile, you can identify the veins of coal still present, understand the various phases of the extractive process but also admire the surprising concretions that were formed over a period of fifty years.

Our Team

Behind the scenes: experts and guides who will accompany you to discover the mine.

Proloco Ovaro

ASSOCIAZIONE TURISTICA

Silvano ZANIER

Guide

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