Immersed in the rich vegetation of the San Silvestro Park, numerous footpaths illustrate the archeological and mining history of the area. Located at the park entrance, is the Temperino Mine that was used in the Etruscan and Roman ages by the local population. At Via delle Ferruzze, visitors can observe the ruins of a mining bridge from the early 1900s, the Etruscan mine, Buca della Faina, and many other open-air wells and caves.
Continuing along Via dei Lanzi, visitors arrive at the medieval mining village of Rocca San Silvestro. In the castle, there are still the ancient ovens used to bake bread; shops; homes; cisterns; and the Noble villa. After the Manienti Valley, which is characterized by medieval mines and ancient marble caves and quarries, visitors arrive at the village of Etruscan miners, called “Etruscan Mines”, which were built in the early 1900s.
Visitors can continue to Campiglia Marittima, along Via delle Fonti, which takes its name from the ancient, arched aqueduct that continued to provide water to the town of Campiglia Marittima until some years ago. Inside the park, there’s the Archeological and Mining Museum, which displays objects found in the Rocca di San Silvestro archeological area, as well as a collection of minerals from the territory.
Since July 2006, a train takes visitors through the tunnel of a mine, which ends at Temperino in the Lanzi Valley. Visitors can also visit the Museum of Miners and the Museum of Mining Machinery near Pozzo Earle.
The Archeological and Mining Park in San Silvestro
Loc. Temperino - Campiglia Marittima (LI)
June to September: every day, from the morning to the afternoon; closed Tuesday;
July and August: every day (with some evening openings);
From October to May: only Saturday and Sunday, from the morning to the afternoon; open on weekdays for school groups by appointment only;
Closed from December 8 to 26.
Visiting hours may vary. It is suggested that visitors call 0565226445 before visiting.