Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro
Comune di Campiglia Marittima (LI)
Villa Lanzi is a 16th Century building (1556), commissioned by Cosimo I De’ Medici, to house the miners of Germanic origin, called to Italy to work in the mines of the Campigliese.
The ancient structure, presented today as a U-shaped building with a central courtyard, is spread over a ground floor and first floor.
The Villa, situated next to Palazzo Gowett in the Valle Lanzi area, overlooks the Rocca di San Silvestro, and today it represents the Documentation Gathering and Conservation Centre relevant to the studies, research and the projects involving the territory of the Val di Cornia, with particular reference to the System of the Parks. In addition, it conserves the specific Archive for the entire historical documentation produced by the mining company (The Mine of Campiglia S.p.A.) which performed its extraction activity in the Campigliese between the ‘50s and the ‘70s of the last century. Located in the heart of the peace and tranquillity of the hills of Campiglia M.ma, and equipped with bright and spacious rooms, Villa Lanzi also offers as the ideal centre for the holding of training courses, seminars, round table meetings and conventions, laboratory activities aimed at primary and secondary schools, corporate meetings or conventions, and various recreational activities. (The Villa Lanzi Centre is open all year round, upon reservation).
The slopes of the hill overlooking Villa Lanzi are dotted with the works “Orizzonti nel Parco 1998” by the artist Dario Bartolini: these are works in steel and iron which, as the artist wanted, are slowly transformed in the passing of time, incorporating themselves into the surrounding nature.