President Mauro Stulzer
Vice-president Giorgio Zampedri
Museo delle Miniere di Vignola Mauro Stulzer
Distretto Minerario di Pergine Elisa Bortolamedi
Miniera di Calceranica Carlo Martinelli
Museo Pietra Viva Mario Pallaoro
Ecomuseo Argentario Ivan Pintarelli
Montesei di Serso Luisa Moser
Museo e Miniera di Palù Ingrid Petri Anderle
Sito Archeologico Acqua Fredda Redebus Luisa Moser
The Alta Valsugana and Bersntol Mining Park was established in December 2016 as the brainchild of Mauro and Gabriele Stulzer, who had already set up the Vignola Mining Museum. Their idea was to put all of the area’s existing mining museums and sites online. The Alta Valsugana has a rich geology and is the area with the largest concentration of mining sites in the whole Alps. Mining in the valley goes back to prehistory. The archaeological sites that are open to the public in Redebus, Montesei di Serso and Dos del Puster near Vignola are some of the oldest examples of this activity. Although the minerals themselves live on and continue to evolve, mining now belongs to the distant past. However what remains is a powerful and fertile heritage, something that can carry the valley towards a future of continuous cooperation and dialogue between the institutions, and thus also to providing a future for young people, creating new work opportunities and protecting existing jobs.
Currently the park involves the Municipalities of Roncegno, Calceranica, Pergine, Civezzano, Vignola Falesina, Altopiano della Vigolana, Altopiano di Pinè and the Val di Cembra, and the Valle dei Mocheni. The project is coordinated and funded by the ‘Comunità di Valle Alta Valsugana e Bersntol’, jointly with the Tourist Office (APT) of Valsugana and Cembra, the ‘Consorzio della Vigolana’ and the citizens associations ‘Proloco della Val dei Mocheni’ and ‘Proloco Pergine’. There is currently a plan that would also involve other museums to apply to the UNESCO for recognition as one of Europe’s mining Geoparks.
We understand the expression ‘the future grows from the present but has its roots in the past’
as requiring remembrance, regeneration, transformation and the creation of beauty.
By promoting and coordinating the activities of the individual mining museums and sites, we aim to support ‘itinerant’ and eco-sustainable geo-tourism. To this end we have mapped out available hiking and cycle trails, created a network of tourist operators who promote traditional local food, wine and produce, and set up a range of practical workshops and courses for tourist, alpine and sports guides. We are in the process of establishing a museum hub at the Canopi building in Pergine and equipping the existing museums with cutting-edge audio and video installations.