Miniera d'Oro della Guia


Useful Information

Location: A26 Genova-Gravellona (E62) exit Piedimulera/ZI Valle Ossola. Follow SS549 into Ossola valley, after 25km turn left at Borca.
Open: 27-DEC to 06-JAN daily tours at 10, 11:30, 14, 15:30.
JUN Tue-Sun tours at 10, 11:30, 14, 15:30, 17:30.
JUL to AUG daily 9-11:30, 14-17:30, tours by demand.
SEP Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun tours at 10, 11:30, 14, 15:30, 17:30.
[2018]
Fee: Adults EUR 6, Children (6-13) EUR 5, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (20+): discounts.
[2018]
Classification: MineGold Mine
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=12km, T=9°C, H=97%.
Guided tours: L=1,600m, D=45min.
Photography: not allowed
Accessibility: wheelchair accessible
Bibliography:
Address: Miniera d'Oro della Guia, Loc. Guia, di Frazione Fornarelli, 1, 28876 Macugnaga VB, Tel: +39-340-395-3869. E-mail:
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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History

1710 gold discovered, mine opened.
1961 mine closed.

Geology


Description

The Miniera d'Oro della Guia (Gold Mine of Guia) is located inside the Monte Rosa (4,634m asl). The mine has a size of 12km and 11 levels. The three levels below the show mine are flooded and not accessible any more. The show mine uses an adit, which is completely flat, so it is wheelchair accessible. Some 800m of the adit were cleaned for the show mine. The tour enters the mine through this tunnel and returns the same way.

The heydays of the mine were between the two World Wars, between 1937 and 1945. In 1942 40,000 tonnes of ore were mined which equalled 408kg of gold. In 1948 the production was 580kg of gold. But the mining technology was old and inefficient, and after some years of decline the mine was finally closed in 1961.

The show mine is open only for a short time in Summer. According to the facebook page the given dates seem to be reduced now and then, so the mine typically opens in mid June and closes mid September. Also the tours take place only with a minimum of three participants. The mine tour is not very expensive, but the mine is not as informative as the other mines in the area. Their tours are centered on dwarfs and the draw of gold, and while they are wheelchair accessible, the mine is also quite dull, if you read some comments on the web. The official webpage is devoid of any useful information, not even open hours or entrance fee give, no history and no geology. And it seems they are no very accurate with the few facts they give, the mine was closed in 1961, not in 1945 as their website tells. So we must unfortunately recommend to visit one of the numerous other show mines in Piemont and Lombardy instead, which are operated by a non-profit organisation of mining enthusiasts. If you want to see a gold mine we recommend the MineMiniera d'Oro di Sessa on the Swiss side of the lake.