Interesting Sardinia: Carbonia
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With nearly thirty thousand inhabitants, Carbonia is the ninth largest Sardinian town and the most highly-populated in the Sulcis area. Its origin is shown in the name Carbonia (carbone is the Italian word for coal): it was built next to the large mine, replacing
a nineteenth century village.
The city was established in 1938 and was built in just two years, to guarantee accommodation to the workers of the Sirai-Serbariu coalfield. The mines in the Sulcis area were one of the main sources of Italy's supply of energy at that time.

The basin, which was active between 1937 and 1964, had nine wells and one hundred kilometres of tunnels. Miners were recruited from all over Italy, to extract the coal, and there were immediately 16 thousand residing in Carbonia, while the peak was in 1949 with 48 thousand residents and 60 thousand people living there.

Today, after its recovery, Serbariu is the location of the Coal Museum, a perfect reproduction of the world of mining.
The main source of evidence of the extraction activities that animated the Sulcis economy, in the southwestern part of Sardinia, until the 1960s: in Carbonia, you will go on a journey back in time to see the industrial architecture and life of those times.
Ksenia Forte
Founder of Italia Per Famiglie
Coal museum
After recovery work, the Coal Museum was reopened to the public in 2006. The restructured complex, which perfectly represents the world of mining, will lead you through life during those years.

In the lamp room, you will get to know the history of mining and of the town, through the precious collection of mining lamps, work tools, objects used in everyday life, photographs, documents, films from the period and video-interviews.

The passage through the underground tunnel is interesting, as it shows the evolution of the coal mining techniques from 1930 to 1971, the year in which the activity ceased, in spaces that are accurately set-up with period tools and machinery.

To conclude the itinerary, the winch room awaits you, where you will see the great wheels, still intact, of the winch used to manoeuvre the cages lowered down into or raised out of the wells, transporting miners and carriages, either empty or loaded with coal.
There are many interesting places in Sardinia. The main thing is to find a good guide who knows the city and will show you all the best. That is why we invite you to travel with us! Spend the summer in Sardinia in good company!
Ksenia Forte
Founder of Italia Per Famiglie
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