The history of the Liconi, Colonna and Costa del Pino magnetite mines on the slopes of Mount Creya dates right back to Salassi and Roman times and continued up to 1979, the year in which the mines were officially closed.
Even today you can still see the remains of the cableway used to transport materials, the one that took passengers from Cogne to Colonna and several buildings. In fact there was a shop, library and even a cinema for the miners.
You can visit the remains of these buildings on reaching the old miners' village after a pleasant walk of about two-and-a-half hours.
A world to discover. The birth of the Gran Paradiso National Park dates back to the 1922. The Italian State, accepting the donation of the royal hunting reserve by Vittorio Emanuele III, established the national Park, entrusting the administration of these territories to a Royal Commission. The creation of a protected area is strongly linked to the safeguarding of the animal symbol of the Park, the Alpine Ibex, of which, after the WW II, only 416 specimens had survived in the whole world and all of them within the territory of the Park.Read more