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“Do NOT even think about this place unless you speak fluent Italian”

Il Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I visited this place yesterday with my three grandchildren and my daughter Firstly the lady who sold us tickets was very rude and was raising her eyebrows when I was trying to speak Italian. Secondly we were handed an English version of the spoken guide of the mine but since inside it is pitch dark it is impossible to read. When we mentioned that we did not understand anything as it was all in Italian we were told that it was because Italian people were on the train and when we suggested they might also give an English translation we were told we were rude. The final straw was when the train broke down and failed to collect us An Italian lady arrived in a jeep and in Italian said something which another tourist translated for us. However we were told that to walk back would take 20 minutes so we started to walk This walk took over an hour and on the way I was injured. My grandson tried to waive down the staff in a jeep for assistance but they ignored him This attraction is very, very bad. They will take money from the English but quite obviously do not like them.

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Reviewed 8 August 2013

The archaeological park at San Silvestro is definitely worthwhile; the visit consists of three parts, 1) a walk through a closed mine dating from the Etruscan era, which was utilized up until the 1970's (they have English audio guides); 2) a train ride ("train" meaning a 2 mph drive) through same mine, showing various techniques used during the Etruscan, Medieval and modern eras, and 3) a walk up to the remains of the hilltop town of San Silvestro that was occupied from the 10th - 13th centuries where residents used the ore to from the mines to make coins for Pisa and Lucca. This is the gem of the park; it's a steep up/down walk to the remains. Visitors walk through the remains; decent signage in English, and just an amazing view of the past. The mine(s) portion is better for kids, so skip those if you don't care for it. But definitely go to San Silvestro itself.

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