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UPPER VALSUGANA MINING PARK
The area of the Upper Valsugana boasts some of the most important ore deposits in the Region Trentino.
This treasure has been known ever since the prehistory and has attracted miners of the area and specialized workers coming from the other side of the Alps throughout the Middle Ages and until the last century. Copper, silver, lead, zinc and industrials such as quartz, fluorite and barite were extracted. The whole area was part of the district of Pergine, one of the vastest mining jurisdiction of the current Region Trentino – Alto Adige.
After the last mines were closed (around the 1970s), the entries to the underground pits became the destination of many minerals collectors, who brought to light wonderful crystals.
In order to keep alive the memory of this historical heritage, which is as fascinating as difficult to promote due to the dangers of the mining sites and their fast return to wild nature, many local institutions have created exhibitions sites, little museums or, as on our case, ecomuseums.
Starting in 2015 these institutions of the Upper Valsugana have launched a collaborative project with the help of the Comunità di Valle Alta Valsugana and Bersntol (the local government of Upper Valsugana and Bersntol) to jointly promote initiatives for the community and to make mining history a boost for the development of tourism in the area.
The project provides for the creation of communal promotional material and mine-themed public events, the mapping of traces of mining activity with OpenStreetMap, the creation and the mapping of themed routes as well as the creation of an archive of documents about the mining district of Pergine.