Arts and mining cuture...*
THE ART AND THE CULTURE OF THE MINES..
The eastern side of the Island, from Porto Azzurro to Rio Marina, from Capoliveri to Cavo, represents the mining heart of Elba, where each of these little villages, hidden among enchanting gulfs and castled on steep haughtiness, tell about their own remote history of old miners and about the most important activity of the whole Island: the mining.
In Rio Marina,
there are many deserted mines and quarries, that testify the
historical and archaeological value of the mining activity.
During the years, those mines have characterized the whole
area, giving a particular reddish colour to the surrounding
hills and to the oldest houses, because of the huge quantity
of iron, haematite, pyrite and quartz that still exists.
Going on with our mining visit in the surrounding, we could
walk around the Iron Mines, along well signed
courses together with a specialized guide, to discover old
mining yards, some of those exploited during the Etruscan
and Roman periods.
In Porto Azzurro,
to always remember the importance of this activity, it has
been reproduced along the road that leads to Rio nell’Elba,
a mine in a reduced size, La Piccola Miniera,
a little mine that long an underground route ( its duration
is about 15 minutes), each visitor can observe the working
and the transformation of minerals.
At north-east of Porto Azzurro, long the road leading to
Rio Marina, we find the lake “ Il laghetto di
Terranera” , separated from the sea by a fine
sand strip, born in the place, where originally there was
a pyrite’s mine.
These are the
tracks, that Etrusco Hotel suggest to You, but many others
just wait for you, in order to discover that part of Elba
Island, so rich and precious…!!