The idea of constructing a great itinerary in the most extensive and representative area of the Historical-Environmental Geomining Park of Sardinia, the Sulcis-Iglesiente-Guspinese, rediscovering ancient mining routes today largely abandoned, came to the volunteers of the ONLUS “Pozzo Sella Association for the Geo-mining Park”, following the great participation of citizens in the excursions organized by the same Association after having rendered numerous mining routes accessible.
The Pozzo Sella Association was founded November 5th 2001, in the underground mine shaft “Pozzo Sella” of the Monteponi mine, at the end of a political battle that led to the foundation of the Historical-Environmental Geo-mining Park of Sardinia.
The scope of the association is to contribute to the development of the Geo-mining Park, the enhancement of the disused mining areas of Sardinia, the involvement of young people and also the identification of job opportunities within the Park itself.
With the Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara we want to pursue the goal of handing down the memory of men who, over the centuries and millennia, have created and traveled the ancient mining paths along with the pleasure of slowly rediscovering the beauty of the area.
Following the signing of a protocol agreement between the Municipalities of Iglesias, Buggerru, Fluminimaggiore, Arbus, Guspini, Gonnosfanadiga, Villacidro, Domusnovas, Musei, Villamassargia. Narcao, Nuxis, Santadi, Piscinas, Giba, Masainas, San Giovanni Suergiu, Sant’Antioco, Carbonia e Gonnesa, the dioceses of Iglesias and Ales Terralba, the Provinces of Carbonia-Iglesias and Medio Campidano, the Consortium of Sardinia’s Historical-Environmental Geo-mining Park, ANCI SARDEGNA (The National Association of Italian Mayors) and the Pozzo Sella Association, a Partnership Program has been founded for the construction and management of the historical, cultural, environmental and religious itinerary called “Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara”.
Thanks to the support of the signees of the protocol and to the contribution, passion and commitment of the many volunteers, an extraordinary job of research and survey was started on the terrain in order to define the itinerary, the necessary interventions for its restoration (still in progress), the guidelines for the definitive road signs and the installation of temporary ones, an inventory of the assets present along the route, and all that is needed for the organization of a walking trail.