Il Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro

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Il Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro

Il Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro
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Florence, Italy10,386 contributions
An excellent product of academic research, as applied to the regional development. .
Sep 2019
Much has already been written by the reviewers around this park, which overall seems to me one of the best organized Italian cultural parks dedicated to mines.
Here I would like to underline the role that has been assumed in promoting and then realizing this park by the archaeologists of the University of Siena, starting from 1970; and especially by prof. Riccardo Francovich (1946-2007), full professor of Medieval Archeology.
Francovich conducted the excavation and organization of the scenic medieval mining village of Rocca San Silvestro, which today is the highest settlement in the Park territory, and an outstanding topographical reference point for it; and that, however, until 1984 it was not even recognized by the Italian national service for the protection of monuments ("Soprintendenza"). Gradually, around this focus of archaeological research and discovery, he promoted - also encountering great difficulties - also the enhancement of the post-medieval mining structures that are visited today; such as the "Temperino" mine, the Temperino-Lanzi mining tunnel, now crossed by the train for visitors and in the past by the mineral carts, the "Valle dei Lanzi" where the ore was worked.
It seems important to me to be aware that what we visit is substantially due to the passionate commitment of one person.
Written 4 November 2019
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Geneviève G
Terrebonne, Canada4 contributions
Surprising and refreshing!
Jul 2019 • Family
I visited with my Two kids of 8 and 11 and we had à lot of fun. The visit in the train is only in Italien but we didn't care it was Nice to go through a mountain in tunnels that has 100 yrs old. We didn't do the médiéval village because the kids were tired but the walking visit of the mine is à must!!
Written 20 July 2019
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Morten Skov
22 contributions
Not overwelming information level
Jul 2017 • Family
We went on the guided tour in the mine and after that the train ride. It took more than two hours. Audioguides are available in english german and french. To many people in the tour. People with audioguide tends to be in the back of thr crowd, and there were to many people to see the minarals and ores the guided shined light on. The train ride is ok, but here no audioguide is available - so basically its a train ride through a mine with minimal artefacts and "caves". In an italian enviroment were everything closes for 3-5 hours midday, spending two hours here is too much for the experuence value. 1 hours would have been more suitable. Between the guided tour and the train ride was more than 30 minuttes waiting time only with a few posters to see that took 5 minutes to read.
Written 21 July 2017
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Moorslede, Belgium2 contributions
not so fun as others say!!!
Jul 2017 • Family
it was a verry cold welcoming, but what do you want? we walked 10 min. to the train station and with a smal child of 3 years old was this a fun trip. train arrived and our child was verry exited. a small ride trough the mine was a fun experience but it was in Italian. at the office they thould us that rocca di san silvestro a small walk was of 20 min. it was 40 min (we have a small child !!!) and it was a serious walk up a mountain, what we didn't know and what no one told us. once arrived at the site we walked up the stairs, when we where ready to walk into the site they yelled something in Italian. we wend back down to ask what the problem was and te "guide" said that we have to wait until she was ready. the guide was talking to a family who spoke Italian and after 5 min. waiting she told us that we can go upstairs. we asked here why we have to come back for nothing and here explanation was: I don't speak good English. oké we went again upstairs... everything was closed, we saw 1/4 of the site (it was 16 euro!!). we asked why everything was closed and we didn't get an answer. we asked something to drink at the bar at 2 p.m. and the guide said se was eating and we should wait. we said we wanted something to drink and we had a small child, and after a while we finally got are drinks. we are not affraid for some adventure and we want our child to be like us but this trip was notting and they were rude, we didn't see anything and it was just boring as hell. it is not something we advice and we should never do this again.
Written 19 July 2017
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Jean F
Perugia, Italy36 contributions
interesting outing
Aug 2016 • Family
it was a pleasant outing the provision of MP3 in English was helpful the adjoining ristorante was however disappointing very little choice toasted sandwiches were underdone and still white, good idea to take your own picnic
Written 9 August 2016
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Hoersholm, Denmark74 contributions
OK visit - come for experience and not the informations
Aug 2016 • Family
An interesting visit to the mines. Visited with children of 2 of 4. That's about the youngest they should be for this. Our visit started with a guided tour about 30 minutes through a mine. In Italian of course. You can borrow an audio guide but it is of course not the same. Then walked up the hill for 10 minutes. Waited 30 minutes to catch the small train. 20 minute ride through a mine. Nice experience. Of course speak is in Italian. You are handed a paper in English in advance but it's to dark to read during the ride! Train is stopped during at a dark spot. Totally black! Great effect but advise children. Our children enjoyed it. Stops a station from where you can walk to a castle. Not for small children. We waited 10 minutes for train to go back.
Tours in English would be great. More "stuff" on exhibition during train ride would be nice as we didn't don't understand what was said. Children quickly loose interest in rock walls passing by.
Takes 10 minutes to walk down from train to parking lot and ticket office.
Overall a nice experience.
Written 7 August 2016
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Ego Q
80 contributions
Cooper mine
Jul 2016 • Family
this tip I found thanks to tripadvisor. One is the place where it joins prochazka with knowledge of the places that dealt with the mining of copper and lead ore and many other minerals. Leave the car in the parking lot, head to the info center which is the exhibition of minerals, forward a ticket to the inputs of a train. mine tunnel route is really great. or da whole journey on foot, and back by train. I plan it already at the information center, where you can buy the necessary tickets. there is an optimal way on foot to go up to San Silvestro and back train. Do not forget to buy water on the road, next to the information center is a refreshment. gave way already can not buy anything.
Written 9 July 2016
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San Antonio, TX79 contributions
Rainy day
Mar 2016 • Friends
We enjoyed this day since it was an inside event and the day was rainy. They offered English audio for us to follow along. Very interesting. We didn't but the ticket for the train. Wish we would have thou. A must see!
Written 1 April 2016
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London, UK24 contributions
its a train ride no more
Aug 2015 • Family
As others have mentioned the narration during the train ride is in Italian. What makes this worst is that on the journey up the hill it stops suddenly and all the lights go out. With my broken Italian I managed to understand this is just part of the tour but for children this could be terrifying, I understand when it Italy you would expect Italian to be spoken but some warning, especially as there were a number of young children of different nationalites on the train would have been good. Also (again not clear) you need to go to a different part of the park to get a ticket and this is a fair stroll.(not ideal for small children on a hot day)

Finally this is purely a train ride through a mine. Don't expect any more then that i.e. scenes under the ground showing how it used to be. If you are staying close and like trains go along, but leave the kids at home and don't drive a long way to get there.
Written 6 September 2015
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Dear Sir, first of all we regret that you didn’t enjoy the visit in our archeological mines park. I saw that you visited only a part of this park, the Lanzi-Temperino tunnel. The tour is developed on a train that runs in a real mining tunnel, used in the last Century to extract and to transport the ores. During the tour it is possible to see the mining woks and the machineries used by miners. The train stops only once and for a few, just to listen to a poem dedicated to the park, written by a miner who worked in this mine. The light are turned off for few seconds, just for a stage effect. During the tour the guide speaks Italian, but when foreigner guests by the ticket, we always give them a translation in English, French or German of the tour. Downloadable audioguides about this visit will be available in a while. Reaching the train station the guests could also visit two exhibitions of machineries and documents about the miners’ life. All the panels are written in English and Italian. The path between the ticket office and the train station is about 700 mt, easy also for children. In the park it is also possible to visit another mining tunnel on foot, The Temperino Mine; for this visit audioguides in English, French and German are available. We try to offer the best services to all the different kind of guests, but it’s not easy to satisfy every expectation. We thank you for your suggestions and will improve our services as best as we can. Best regards
Written 28 September 2015
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Christine T
Pisa, Italy37 contributions
Do NOT even think about this place unless you speak fluent Italian
Jul 2014 • Family
I visited this place yesterday with my three grandchildren and my daughter Firstly the lady who sold us tickets was very rude and was raising her eyebrows when I was trying to speak Italian. Secondly we were handed an English version of the spoken guide of the mine but since inside it is pitch dark it is impossible to read. When we mentioned that we did not understand anything as it was all in Italian we were told that it was because Italian people were on the train and when we suggested they might also give an English translation we were told we were rude. The final straw was when the train broke down and failed to collect us An Italian lady arrived in a jeep and in Italian said something which another tourist translated for us. However we were told that to walk back would take 20 minutes so we started to walk This walk took over an hour and on the way I was injured. My grandson tried to waive down the staff in a jeep for assistance but they ignored him This attraction is very, very bad. They will take money from the English but quite obviously do not like them.
Written 28 July 2014
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