Miniera Torgola

Located in the Italian "La Via del Ferro" stand the remnants of a former fluorite mine, Miniera Torgola. Join us on our adventure as we explore the rusty inside of this mine.

a photograph of the abandoned fluorite mine in italy called Miniera Torgola. The mine is red and has multiple buildings.

Miniera Torgola, an abandoned mine nestled in the historic Val Trompia, takes us on a journey through time. Known as “La Via del Ferro” for its rich iron ore deposits, this hidden gem reveals its secrets as we navigate the winding roads, revealing the unexpected sight of Miniera Torgola against steep mountain slopes.

Dating back to the 15th century, historical documents unveil a silver mining history in this location, although recent times have erased many traces of this precious metal. Iron, a once crucial export, flourished until the mid-19th century when outdated mining technology prompted the closure of Val Trompia’s mines, unable to compete with more advanced counterparts.

During this transformative period, the Martelli company shifted its focus from iron to fluorite mining. This transition gave birth to Miniera Torgola in the early 1900s. The rising demand for fluorite fueled the mine’s success, leading to significant expansion in the 1950s. Despite reaching its peak in the 1960s, production gradually declined. Which ultimately resulted in the mine’s closure in 1999, leaving behind a structure now in a state of disrepair.

While the exterior maintains its proud stance, entering poses risks due to corroded and collapsing metal floors. Following the Mella river upstream, a carriage tunnel, secured by gates, leads to the intact conveyor belt from the mine. Remnants, including a sorting and crushing plant, complete the hauntingly beautiful yet perilous landscape.