Floristella-Grottacalda Mining Park
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The long gone economy of the sulfur mines, now date back two centuries. Distant but still present in our imaginaries, because of the protagonist of famous literature, and parts of the history of men, children, communities and international economies, that found its echo in audiovisual documentaries, as well as, in 20th century cinematography, reaching us as living dramatic images.
Sulfur provided the 19th century Sicilian with a cutting edge, along with wine and the growing citrus market. However, for that economic strength, a huge price in human effort, arms, lungs, and legs had to be paid.
The Floristella-Grottacalda Mining Park has been kept it in resigned silence, telling its stories with calcaroni (cylindrical furnaces for melting sulfur), shafts (tunnels used before the advent of technology to allow the miners to get to the extraction site), later replaced by castelletti and lifts from the vertical wells and Gill furnaces (industrial systems for melting the mineral). Men, teens and children went up and down into the depths of the ground, to say it was in hygienic, safe and healthy conditions will always be a dramatic understatement.
The park is located in an area that houses, among other things, the Lake Pergusa and the Ronza wildlife and forest reserves, not far from Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina and the archaeological site of Morgantina in Aidone.

 

C.da Floristella – Valguarnera (EN)
info@enteparcofloristella.it;
Phone/Fax: 0935 958105

Open from 8 am to 2 pm every day from Monday to Saturday, except holidays.
FREE ENTRY – Reservations by fax

  Click to listen highlighted text! The long gone economy of the sulfur mines, now date back two centuries. Distant but still present in our imaginaries, because of the protagonist of famous literature, and parts of the history of men, children, communities and international economies, that found its echo in audiovisual documentaries, as well as, in 20th century cinematography, reaching us as living dramatic images. Sulfur provided the 19th century Sicilian with a cutting edge, along with wine and the growing citrus market. However, for that economic strength, a huge price in human effort, arms, lungs, and legs had to be paid. The Floristella-Grottacalda Mining Park has been kept it in resigned silence, telling its stories with calcaroni (cylindrical furnaces for melting sulfur), shafts (tunnels used before the advent of technology to allow the miners to get to the extraction site), later replaced by castelletti and lifts from the vertical wells and Gill furnaces (industrial systems for melting the mineral). Men, teens and children went up and down into the depths of the ground, to say it was in hygienic, safe and healthy conditions will always be a dramatic understatement. The park is located in an area that houses, among other things, the Lake Pergusa and the Ronza wildlife and forest reserves, not far from Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina and the archaeological site of Morgantina in Aidone.   C.da Floristella – Valguarnera (EN) info@enteparcofloristella.it; Phone/Fax: 0935 958105 Open from 8 am to 2 pm every day from Monday to Saturday, except holidays. FREE ENTRY – Reservations by fax

 


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