From 16 March to 31 October
daily 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
1 November to 15 March
Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Info and reservations: 0588 86099
Volterra Tourist Board
The Geothermal Museum, founded at the end of the 1950s and managed by ENEL Green Power, is on the ground floor of Palazzo De Larderel. It tells the story of energy thanks to an interactive and multimedia path explaining the industrial techniques used to exploit it.
In the first room, the Museum welcomes visitors by illustrating all types of renewable sources and the activities of Enel Green Power in Italy and around the world. The second room is related to geothermal energy, the Etruscan-Roman baths and a copy of the Tavola Peutingeriana of 70 A.D., in which the thermal waters of Volterra and Populonia are mentioned. In the following rooms we enter the heart of the history of geothermal resources, with the discovery in 1777 of boric acid and the subsequent start of chemical activity by Count De Larderel.
The visit includes a tour of the museum rooms, the model room and the covered lake.
Openings of the demonstration well are guaranteed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., with no minimum number of participants.
Extra openings on request minimum of 5 pax € 3.00 per person.
During the opening of the Visitor Centre, visits to the dandelion (soffione) € 3.00 per person, € 1.00 from 6 to 13 years old, free under 6 years old.
For out-of-hours visits, extra departure with a minimum of 5 participants.