Casa Mattei



Polino is the smallest town in Umbria and one of the most beautiful, surrounded by centuries-old woods and overlooking the Valnerina at 835 meters above sea level, which develops at its foot crossed by the Nera river. Located between Spoleto and Rieti, it was highly coveted from the Middle Ages onwards, because it was a borderland and of great strategic importance.

Set up inside the sixteenth-century fortress, the Umbrian Apennine Museum is an innovative example of an interactive and multimedia museum. The tour is divided into several parts: in the "BELOW" the issues relating to the geology of the Umbrian Apennines are addressed, from the formation of the three main Umbrian mountain ranges to Lake Tiberino, from the living environment of the ammonites to the Marmore Falls, to the formation of the caves. In the "SOPRA" the naturalistic aspect of the Apennines is deepened: the flora and fauna through a series of educational games that lead to the reading of the signs and traces that the animators leave on the territory, to the study of the trees with their leaves and fruits ... all through interactive paths, educational games and experiences that thrill adults and children. The visit therefore becomes a great adventure in a place full of stimuli and emotions

HE GOLD QUARRY: the restoration and restoration work of some buildings adjacent to the Rocca will allow the increase of the exhibition spaces that will house finds relating to the ancient mine called "Cava dell’oro". The mine, located on the axis of the "ferrare" that reaches Monteleone di Spoleto and recently rediscovered, will be open to visitors thanks to the opening of a path that will facilitate reaching it, equipped with educational panels that will deepen the historical - anthropological and geological aspects. Evidence of the work of the Polino mine are some medals and coins fashioned by the papal state with minerals extracted from the "Gold Quarry" such as the commemorative medal of Pope Clement XIII coined in 1762 and the baiocco