Events and initiatives

The organization of events, exhibitions, events and exhibitions at the museum site is entrusted to the Cultural Association "The New Gàruli", located in the municipality of Ne; these initiatives fall under the name of "Events of Talpone". (


An opportunity to learn about the dynamic and original Gambatesa mine through a show chronicling the life and work of miners, their passion and their stories in a unique and charming, all staged by a company of young performers.
An opportunity for a trip outside that – thanks to the numerous restaurants, Inns and farmhouses in the area – also delighting the palate can end;-)

NEXT REPLICAS 16 And September 17, 2017

Entrance first group: 18:00
Entering the second group: 19:30 hours

The duration of the show is 70 min. about
We recommend that you dress appropriately (no flip-flop Sandals heels/no/no etc) and a sweater or a sweatshirt.
The entire journey takes place in complete safety.


Written and directed by Fabio Fiori
With: Giulia Capurro, Eugenia De Grossi, Roberto Dal Ben, Luca Di Franco, Roberto Imperato, Fabio Fiori
Assistant staging: Claudia Araimo






The mining area of Gambatesa proves even more fascinating at night, especially on Sunday 13 August: traditional visits will be added additional departures at 18:00, 18:30 and 19:00. At 20:30 the pro loco Val Graveglia will propose the aperitif buffet with local specialities, from baciocca to red onions stuffed Half, accompanied by local white and red wine.

Then at 21:30 it comes alive with the preparation of astronomical observation stations organized by the associazione astrofili Arcturus in Chiavari which will provide equipment and experts.


no later than Saturday, 12.

Ticket price: €20.00 per person, including visit to the mine, aperitif and astronomical observation.

For info:

For reservations: 0185-338876




27-28.05. 2017


The mining heritage of the Val Graveglia recently found, with the reopening of the mine of Gambatesa, its center of gravity, outstanding witness of an industrial reality that has profoundly affected the socio-economic fabric of the Valley and the surrounding area.

Liguria has a long mining tradition: if indeed Gambatesa is no mine very old with about 140 years of activity, it is simply due to the fact that manganese is a metal abstract therein only discovered in the late 1700s; But if we look at Iron, copper or the famous slate, then we discover that mining activities in our region have their roots in pre-Romanesque period.

Following the opening to the public of this monument to history and struggle, the Association, in partnership with the Ski Mine Srls (current site manager) organized the first Festival of mining of the Val Graveglia: a two-day event that aims to bring together, in time, collectors, enthusiasts or just curious from all over Italy around this known and appreciated site Museum.

The festivals and associated events is organized on the occasion of IX National Day of Mines.


Saturday, May 27

09:00: opening of exhibition stands
15:30: the author from La Spezia Giuseppe Passarino officially presents the book"Manganese, Minerals, Mining and Graveglia Stories“.

The text, printed in 2015, has been waiting for the reopening of the mining museum to be officially launched in the presence of the authorities of the Ne municipality and the Aveto Park that contributed to its realization. The text represents a living image of the history, geology and mineralogy of the Valley, presented with a simple and direct language, able to involve the reader on a journey into the Graveglia Valley mining past.

18:45: closing of exhibition stands
ALL DAY: UNDERPRESSURE! The theme of pressure in various forms with which it can be associated with the mining theme:
Pressure ofAIR: compressed air was the main driving force in the mining site, generated in compressor room and conveyed to drills, shovels, scrapers, hoists etc. For the occasion will be:
– the official opening of the compressor room of Gambatesa, a place that encloses the industrial core of the site, the beating heart. A place where even today the smell of grease and lubricating oil refers to when the air was compressed and piped in "lungs" before entering the tunnel and distributed in every corner of the mine.
– exposure of compressed air drills that have been used in the execution of the galleries of the mine, from the first "dry" models to the "wet" ones introduced with the the so-called "Swedish method" in the 40'.
Pressure of the GAS: always the miners lit tunnels in the mountain with the familiar acetylene lamps, a gas derived from the reaction between water and calcium carbide;
– a series of panels will reconstruct the history and evolution of mine lamps with special attention to those with acetylene, the kind that were used in the mining sites of the Val Graveglia where Italian lamps "Aquilas" and "Ricceri" were certainly the most popular.
– unique patterns and representative of mine lamps will be on show to visitors, in addition to many dishes from exhibitors from all over Italy.
Pressure ofWater; many mining sites have gone towards a common destiny after the mining activities: flooding. Would places destined to oblivion if it weren't for some practitioners of speleo-diving able to explore and to acquire important evidence that allow you to pass on at least some glimpse. ...
– At 19:00: video projection of the filming of the speleo-diver Nicola Ferroni and about the exploration of a mine flooded; stunning images, a photograph of a mining site as he was left on the last day of business before the water it takes possession of each space. An adventure recounted by those who cultivate a passion with great professionalism, in a complex environment that requires technical skills.

(photo: credits to Mario Comi)

Sunday, May 28

09:00: opening of exhibition stands
18:00: closing of exhibition stands
All day: photo exhibition "Val Graveglia: a light in the darkness“; a review of the hypogeum in Graveglia Valley and captured shots who want to tell, through images, geology, human impact, industrial archaeology, biodiversity of these environments unknown to most people.

For years now, there are many photographers-professionals or amateurs-who are dedicated to always interpret personal and different underground environments and what they contain, with suggestive and fascinating results; a different way to see the mountains from below ...

(photo: credits to Michael Garibaldi)

For both days, there will be on site lodging and local restaurants participating in the Widespread Hospitality Consortium, which will organize the tasting of typical products and service.


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