A very original trip allows visitors to explore the Cludinico mine, passing through more than 2 km of tunnels illuminated, for the most part, by only the light of the flashlight on the helmet. A speleological guide leads to the discovery of mining processes, coal veins and the ancient miner’s craft. The secrets of the mine are gradually revealed in the 2 hours inside the galleries rich in history and echoes of the hard work that was done there. In addition, many concretions can be seen, including the Mine Rose. The visit is also suitable for children, who get excited discovering the coded communications between miners that were made by tapping on the tracks, studying the ancient dynamite sticks and taking home a piece of coal found in the tunnels.
During the visit, more than 2 km of underground tunnels are explored by the light of flashlights placed on the helmet. The guide leads to the discovery of this labyrinth and reveals the secrets of the mine.
The mine has an ancient history dating from the late 18th century to the mid-1950s. In the mining village of Cludinico, society developed with the times dictated by the mine’s production cycles.
The guided tour is exciting. The caving guide takes the visitor through the experience to the fullest and, while telling the story of the miners, makes them feel part of this underground world.
The village of Cludinico was a, so-called, mining village, where everything revolved around the coal mining and distribution process. Dormitories, canteen, commissary and infirmary sprang up near the mine. The whole community was involved in the economy of the mine, and in addition to the workers and their families, they included engineers, technicians, blacksmiths, electricians, etc.
The mine had been active since the late 1700s and had always been the center of Cludinico’s life and community, so much so that, in 1956, when it was closed, the village quickly emptied. Today only a few people remain there to witness its long history.
In the documentary screened at the beginning of the visit, one can see the engaging testimonies of the workers, women and the village doctor, who recount episodes and hardships of life in the mine.
The mining complex consists of several areas: the Rio Malon, the Rio Furioso, the Vareton Basin, and the Creta d’Oro. The whole is spread over 5 levels with 150 km of tunnels, some with exhausted mining veins, others with coal reserves still present.
The area covered by the visit is Golden Crete. The galleries were equipped with lighting and stairs between levels. The route starts at the 5th level, the lowest, at 590 m, and then ascends to the 1st level at 637 m, through an imperceptible drop and a few steps. Work tools, rails, scaffolding and hoists have been dismantled, but thanks to the documentary seen earlier, it is not hard to imagine workers hard at work in the tunnels.
The guided tour starts from the visitor reception center, where the ticket office and video room are located. Here the history of exploration, the life of the workers, and features of the mine are explained. The museum displays period pieces, such as the miners’ tools, chisels, picks, hydraulic drills, etc., safety equipment and maps, all original. A documentary film is shown in the video room that testifies to the experiences and lifestyle of the miners, narrated by the miners themselves. The film testifies to the hard work done by these people, but also to an unexpected theme, the pride of the workers and the sense of belonging and inclusion of this community.
Indicatively, the mine can be visited from April to the end of September. Guided tours take place at the following times:
The unit ticket price is €25 for full price, €10 for children aged 6 to 12.
Reservations are required. Each visit has a limited number of places and no additional registrations are accepted. Book the tour here >
The meeting point for the mine tour is the museum/reception center at the beginning of the village. You can park nearby along the road or continue to the village church, which is a 5/10 minute walk away.
The meeting point is reached by car. From here, the descent to the mine together with the guide takes 20/25 minutes.
The visit is accessible to all who are able to walk about 2 km, partly on slightly uneven ground. The visit is also suitable for children, who are enraptured by the experience in the mine and stories about the miners’ lives.
Absolutely not. The trail is safe and suitable even for children. In any case, it is recommended to slavishly follow the instructions in the guide.
Through this section you can submit questions about the guided tour and contact the Albergo diffuso that runs the tours. Explorer FVG does not handle responses, nor is it responsible for the information exchanged in these conversations.
Hotel Diffuso Zoncolan
Via Caduti 2 Maggio, 144
33025 – Ovaro (Ud)
Office hours and reservations:
From April to September, office hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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