Mine in Verbania (VB)

The facility in which a first processing of the product is carried out. (Photo: M.Mormile)

The activity is to the recovery and processing of granite scraps, as an ornamental stone, accumulated on the slopes of Mont’Orfano and Monte Camoscio from century-old activities, now abandoned. The reclamation of such dumping grounds leads to an improvement of the safety conditions of the site and improves the visual perception of the places.
Our first intervention involves a general reshaping of the slopes, followed by their revitalization. Given the strong gradient, we implement special planting techniques, such as "enhanced" hydroseeding, using grass seeds with strong gripping power, along with earthworm humus, fertilizer, mulch and adhesive. In the steepest areas, where planting is problematic, we create pockets in the rock, where we place fertile soil on which to plant vegetable adapted to life on the cliff edge.
From the mines of Mont'Orfano one can enjoy a picturesque view of Lake Maggiore. This dominance facilitates birdwatching. A hundred species of migratory birds and rare species can be observed among those nesting, including the blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius) and the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).


Technical data sheet

Technical data sheet of the mine in Verbania



Entrance to the Tane-Pilastretto mine. (© M.Mormile)    At the foot of Mont’Orfano one can see the white patches made up of piles of debris in the renaturalization phase. (© M.Mormile)

From the mine you can enjoy a magnificent view of Lake Maggiore. (© M.Mormile)

View of Mont’Orfano from the facility: from here one can notice the crags and cliffs of the  renaturalization underway.

A crane in Ciana, the vehicle with which the heavy blocks of granite were moved, before being transported throughout Italy and the world.    A rock with holes to insert the explosive: it serves to break the boulder so it can be treated.

A drilling machine.    Birds of prey, like the  Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) in the photo, love Mont’Orfano for its inviolable rock walls, considered ideal for building nests.

A wild chicory flower (Cichorium intybus). Because of its extreme hardiness, it is used in the revegetation of the mines.    The upper part of the Sengio mine duly prepared to be sown (2011). Subsequently, bushes and trees will be bedded out.

The buddleja (Buddleja davidii) is the most widespread flowering bush on Mont'Orfano and it is much appreciated by butterflies. An Inachis io, photographed while sucking its nectar.    Raspberries (Rubus idaes). This shrub is specifically planted to provide food for the animals.

The House Martin (Delichon Suburb) nests in the vertical walls of the quarries and mines.    With irradiation the bare rock favors the formation of rising currents of warm air, much used by birds such as the Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus).



Visualizza GMM Verbania in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori