Porto Flavia, a unique mine in Sardinia, Italy (with Map & Photos)

Porto Flavia is a man-made wonder located in the Iglesias highlands on the southwest coast of Sardinia, Italy. This impressive sea harbor is undoubtedly one of the most important industrial archaeological sites in the world. The area is a center for mining, excavated by hand about 600 meters from the mountains. The mountain is rich in mineral deposits that are loaded directly into the hold of merchant ships at sea.

Porto Flavia Sardinia Italy
Porto Flavia Sardinia Italy

The engineer for this project was Cesare Vecelli, who in 1924 significantly reduced the time and costs associated with mining on board ships due to the complex positioning of the mines. Within a very short time, two parallel and overlapping mountain galleries were built, housing 9 material storage silos equipped with a retractable conveyor belt for unloading materials onto ships. It has been a port of extraordinary and innovative functionality, scrutinized by engineering firms around the world. Porto Flavia was named after Vecelli's daughter Flavia.

Porto Flavia Sardinia Italy
Porto Flavia Sardinia Italy

All mining operations in Porto Flavia ceased after World War II with the depletion of the reservoir. Today Porto Flavia remains a spectacular site with a stunning view of the Pan di Zucchero cliff. Sardinia is also included in the list of places with the cleanest water, so it is worth to swim in these parts as well.

Porto Flavia Sardinia Italy
Porto Flavia Sardinia Italy

This place tells the world a story of a cultural and ecological heritage of invaluable value that cannot be forgotten. Everyone can visit this mine thanks to IGEA, which, with the help of expert guides and suitable equipment, will allow you to discover all the secrets hidden in the ancient galleries.

Porto Flavia Map