Events, exhibitions, shows and entertainment activities may be postponed or even cancelled.
Given the ever-changing situation, we would advise you to always check opening times in advance as well as any restrictions applying to the event directly with the contact people indicated.
We do our best to keep you constantly updated but apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The area of Monte Sceré, as in all of Malcantone, has a subsoil rich in minerals, and various metals such as iron, lead, silver, and gold, extracted already in the 18th century.
Here the earliest documented gold mining attemps date back to 1785, but on the banks of the Lisora river, neatly stacked piles of well-worn bowls can be found, representing the remain of gold mining activity dating from the Roman period (Aurifodine).
For this reason, Malcantone has been included in the national inventory as "One of the largest mining districts in Switzerland".
Until 2015, the entrance to the Costa di Sessa mine was abandoned and inaccessible, hiding an underground maze with over two kilometres of tunnels dug by the miners on five different levels. This 375-meter tunnel, known as the "Leonilde", is now open to the public to explore the spectacular and characteristic elements of the mining world.
The Sessa mine is unique, offering the only possibility to experience the history of the extraction of gold minerals in Switzerland.
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In July and August 2020 the mine will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday. Reservations are recommended.
On other days of the week it is possible to open for groups by reservation.
Adult CHF 15.- per person
Child up to 15 years old CHF 8.-
Family reduction 20%, Children (3 - 5 years old) free
Adults of 10 people (-20%) CHF 12.- per person
up to 14 years old CHF 8.- per person
If they have paid the free membership fee