Val Toppa gold mine – Pieve Vergonte

There is reliable information on exploitation of the mines in Val Toppa, in the territory of Pieve Vergonte, as from the beginning of the 19th century, when local miners excavated 17 kilometres of tunnels in several points of this part of Lower Ossola. The gold deposits in the Val Toppa were not very rich in native gold, and it was found only exceptionally in the pure state.
In 1947, mining operations, already somewhat limited, were permanently suspended.
It is now possible to visit the mines in Val Toppa: the itinerary allows you to access one of the mines, which has recently undergone reclamation and development work, making it possible to equip a long section of it safely. If you walk along the old miner’s path, you will reach the Ecomuseo delle Miniere and, in the large meadow of Alpe Fontano, the “Ca’ Bianca del Minatore”.
Wearing a cloak and helmet, and accompanied by the mine guide, you will be able to start the tour. Along the way, it is possible to see large extraction chambers, lateral crossings, vents and shafts connecting with other levels, excavated to facilitate internal handling of material and transport of the mineral and sterile rock to the exterior.

An interesting and truly unique itinerary, it is a leap back into the past that allows you to see mines for yourselves and discover the formidable work carried out over the centuries by hundreds of miners.
The tour, in addition to entry into the heart of the mountain, also provides for a visit to the Latteria Turnaria (a dairy used alternately by more families) in Fomarco and to the Val Toppa Mining Ecomuseo, where you can come into contact with numerous exhibits: maps, mining equipment, carbide lamps, as well as numerous mineral samples.

Info: Guida Escursionistica Mauro Conti – conti.guidaescursioni.mauro@gmail.com – Tel. +39 348 3178185

Ideal for
Families with children
Everybody
You will discover
Culture, traditions and folklore
Not-to-be-missed
Nature
Rainy day?
History and art
Hidden treasures
Ideal for
Families with children
Everybody
You will discover
Culture, traditions and folklore
Not-to-be-missed
Nature
Rainy day?
History and art
Hidden treasures
IAT di Mergozzo
Corso Roma, 20
28802 Mergozzo (VB)
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