Museo delle Energie [Energy Museum]
Inaugurated in February 2004 in a renovated old building, the small but very interesting museum interlinks with the territory’s typical resources, in particular the fumaroles and the energy sources that emanate from the earth. The "fumaroles and lagoni (mud volcanoes) of Siena territory" were studied in the late 18th century by famed scientist Paolo Mascagni who confirmed the presence of boric acid, which had been identified for the first time in the domed lagone of Monterotondo by chemist Uberto Francesco Hoefer, director of the grand-ducal pharmacies.
The exhibition of the Museum of Radicondoli follows an itinerary that is both historical-scientific and didactic: several period apparatuses illustrate themes and phenomena that the visitors themselves can generate, thanks to devices and functioning models. The rich photographic and explanatory apparatuses clarify even the most complex and difficult topics to the best advantage.
The museum also suggests the "energy itineraries" across landholdings and farms, mills and ironworks, olive presses and geothermal energy plants, such as the nearby "Le Pianacce" Plant.
Texts by Mara Miniati
English translation by Victor Beard
Last update 17/gen/2008