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The Mining Park of Elba

Rio Marina
via Magenta 26

Minerals are exhibited in the Palazzo del Burò which dates for the 18th century and the offices of the mines were here for many years. Recently restored by the Mining Park, the palace has a collection of minerals of international scientific importance. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday there are visits within the mines.

These are the main routes: - from the Burò, towards the old mining village. The walls of the houses were built with stones from the mine and mixed with pyrite and hematite sand making them sparkle. Then to the quarries and into the coloured lanes towards the mining site of Vigneria; - to the “Laveria” (Wash house), a jewel of industrial archaeology, it has recently been recuperated, after a brief visit you enter the “Bacino” work site; - for hundreds of years Elbans worked in the open air in the “Bacino” site, they used a mining technique that created large ledges from where they extracted iron minerals.

Hematite is the predominant mineral. Among others present are pyrite and white and red crystals of quartz with hematite. The exhibition takes up the whole first floor of the Burò palace in the old centre of Rio Marina. One of the most important collections of Elban minerals can be found in the large rooms and there is also a blacksmith’s shop. History and documents from the mines can be seen.

Getting there:

Tel/Fax: 0565.962088

 
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AGENZIA ILVA VIAGGI
(Autorizzazione Provincia Livorno n. 129 del 15-12-1997)
di Consorzio Servizi Albergatori
(CCIAA di Livorno REA 56478 – Albo Soc. Coop.ve n. A123701)
Calata Italia 26 - 57037 Portoferraio (LI)
Tel 0565.915555 - Fax 0565.930342
Cod. Fisc. e P.IVA 00324500495

federalberghi isola d'elbaThe Elba Hoteliers Association was founded in 1953 and represents 85% of the hotels on the Island of Elba and it is affiliated to the national “Federalberghi” Association.

The “Consorzio Servizi Albergatori” (Hotel Services Cooperative), owns Ilva Travel Agency, which is a cooperative society, founded in 1979, by the Island of Elba Hoteliers Association. About 180 tourist companies are members of it: hotels, tourist residences, residences, holiday apartments and homes, bed and breakfasts, restaurants. It offers about 12,000 bed places.

 
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