San Venanzo: the Volcano, the Museum and the Venanzite
The discreet charm of the Volcano of
San Venanzo, the thundering mountain of Umbria
The Palazzo Faina of San Venanzo entertains the Volcanologist Museum, in
which is collected the whole interesting material that concerns the
mineralogical and palaentologic reality of that area of the Mount Peglia dominated by the presence of the volcano. The volcano of San Venanzo is
divided in three distinguished buildings, San Venanzo, Pian di Celle and Celli. In the museum is possible to see a precise and detailed
reconstruction of the geologic area interested by the volcanic phenomenon, with
particular reference to that unique singleness in its kind, the venanzite.
This mineral introduces features that distinguish it from every other and seem
to be present only at San Venanzo, from which has taken the name. Besides the
mineralogical section, where an ample space is devoted to the venanzite, a
section has been developed reserved to the palaeontology, in which is admirable
an egg of dinosaur, a tread of a dinosaur, a Psittacosaurus from the beak of
parrot, a molar of a mammoth and other important finds recovered in the
zone. Particularly interesting is the audio-video room, turned into the
didactics, in which slides, images and tapes are projected related to the
activity of the volcano of San Venanzo and to the seismic activity in Umbria.
The visit to the museum doesn't end however among its four boundaries, but
involves also an open-air path that unties in an itinerary of around two
kilometres, along the slopes of the volcano of Mount Peglia, to admire the
geological and morphological features.
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