Miniera di Rosas

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Location: Take SP78 between Carbonia and Siliqua. At Terrubia the Via Rosas leads to the mine which is located in a secluded valley.
Open: 26-OCT to MAY daily 8-13, 14-18, tours 9:30, 11, 14, 16.
JUN to 25-OCT daily 8-19, tours 9:30, 11, 15, 17.
Fee: Adults EUR 8, Children (5-15) EUR 5, Children (0-4) free.
Groups (+): reductions available with reservation.
Classification: MineLead Mine MineZinc Mine MineCopper Mine TopicÉcomusée
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: D=90 min.
Photography: allowed
Address: Miniera di Rosas, Via Rosas, Location Rosas, 09010 Narcao SU, Tel: +39-0781-185-5139. E-mail:
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1851 mining concession of Rosas signed by Vittorio Emanuele II, King of Sardinia and Cyprus.
1908 Rosasite discovered at the mine.
1980 mine closed.
1986 beginning of restoration.
01-AUG-2009 opened to the public.



The Ecomuseo Miniere Di Rosas has three main sights: the Museo Geo-Mineralogico e Storico (Mineralogical and Historical museum), the Galleria Santa Barbara underground mine tour, and the Museo di Archeologia Industriale, the surface buildings of the mine with the heavy machinery. The Mineral Museum has numerous minerals and ore samples from the mine, including the rare Rosasite. The mine is the type locale, the mineral was first found here in 1908. The first description is from Domenico Lovisato, geologist and professor of mineralogy of the University of Cagliari. The underground tour explains the mining technology, the construction of wooden supports using chestnut wood, and use of explosives, drills and hammers. The 19th century machinery includes a flotation system for the processing of the ore which is still in working condition.

The site is quite remote, but it offers a restaurant, a pizzeria, and a hotel in addition to the museums. The hotel is rather cheap with 20€ per night [2020]. Today nobody lives at the place any more, but at the end of the 19th and early 20th century it was a miners village with 750 inhabitants. There was an elementary school, post office, clinic for small injuries, dentist, and a general store.