Miniera Gambatesa

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Location: A12 exit Lavagna, turn right towards Val Graveglia-Ne-Reppia. Follow SS1 Aurelia, all'altezza di Lavagna, verso l'entroterra, direzione Val Graveglia-Ne-Reppia
Open: Wed-Sun 9-17.
Guided tours at 11, 14, 15:30.
Fee: Adults EUR 11, Children (3-12) 8, Seniors (65+) EUR 10, Students EUR 10, Military EUR 10, Family (2+1) EUR 27, Family (2+2) EUR 32.
Groups (20+): Weekdays EUR 8, Weekends EUR 9.
Classification: ExplainIron Mine ExplainCopper Mine ExplainManganese Mine
Light: electric.
Dimension: T=16-18°C.
Guided tours: D=90min.
Address: Miniera Gambatesa, Tel 0185-338876, Fax: 0185-338863. E-mail: contact
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At Miniera Gambatesa originally various sulfidic ores of iron and copper were mined. Later the oxides and silicates of manganese became more important and are mined until today.


Miniera Gambatesa (Gambatesa Mine) is the location of the Museo Minerario di Gambatesa (Mining Museum of Gambatesa). The still operating manganese mine was partly transformed into a show mine. This part of the mine are historic tunnels which were created for the mining of iron and copper. The visitors are driven into the mine on a small mine train. The tour shows the mining techniques like drilling and blasting, the mineral processing, and the surface installations like compressor room, wage room, forge room, and explosives deposit.