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THE MINES OF COGNE

THE MINES OF COGNE

The Aosta Valley boasts a wealth of mines, exploited from ancient times and currently no longer in use. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the iron and copper mines were used to meet the growing requests of the weapons factories of the House of Savoy. These ancient mines can often be found in very scenic locations, and in some it is still possible to observe the infrastructures used for the mining activity, making them places able to appeal both to hiking enthusiasts and visitors with an interest in industrial archaeology. The mines of Cogne  offer an interesting portrait of mining activity in the region, with the remains of the material ropeways still clearly visible, as well as the passenger cableway that ran from Cogne to Colonna and a large number of buildings. In Cogne, you can also visit the ancient silver mine of Valeille, the copper mine of Ecloseur and the magnetite mine of Larsinaz.
An experience not to be missed is a visit to the visitor centre of the Gran Paradiso, Alpinart , and to the permanent exhibition held there on the magnetite mine of Cogne, showing the history and the geology of the mining complex and the activity carried out there.