Exploring the mines

Mount Amiata is an extinct volcano sacred to the Etruscans located between the Val d’Orcia and the Maremma. Its gentle profile is visible from hundreds of kilometers away. It is a mountain rich in history, charm and mercury. Ours is an invitation to take a journey into the fascinating, sometimes mysterious events of mercury and its mineral, cinnabar, through the now closed but recovered mines scattered along the mountain slopes. In particular we point out two: the Abbadia San Salvatore mine with its museum is made up of galleries that can be visited from 15 June to 1 November and during all holidays (morning from 9.30 to 12.30, afternoon from 15.30 to 18.30); the Cornacchino mine in Castell’Azzara which insinuates itself into the mountain through narrow corridors full of a dark charm. One way, that of going through mines, to discover the stories of populations and villages that have achieved prosperity, development, but also tragedies, suffering and sacrifices from the distillation of this metal. All information can be found on the website of the Amiata Mining Museum National Park.


Bagno Vignoni – Abbadia San Salvatore 27 kilometers

Bagno Vignoni – Castell’Azzara 44 kilometers