The Arouca Declaration (2011) defines Geotourism as follows:
“… is a form of tourism that supports and promotes the identity of a territory, taking into account its geology, environment, culture, beauty, historical and artistic heritage and the well-being of its inhabitants; it is a key tool for conservation, contributing to the dissemination of the Earth’s history; it involves those who live on the territory and visitors by promoting what is authentic and unique. This ensures environmental integrity, social justice and sustainable economic development.
The Metalliferous Hills National Park – Tuscan Mining UNESCO Global Geopark, in synergy with the European and World Geoparks Network, is committed to promoting sustainable development at local level through the increase of geotourism and the enhancement of the territory linked to the geological heritage. Geotourism is a fundamental resource for the Geopark’s sustainable economic policy. Several thematic itineraries are emblematic of the territory’s identity, expressed with a perfect mix of nature, culture, people and traditions. Every year we offer activities and geotourism visits accompanied by Park Guides.
In order to have a good interpretative support, it is possible to visit the Park through the “Porte del Parco” (Gates of the Park) (insert link to the section Porte del Parco of the website), which are real access points located in the territory of the 7 Park’s municipalities. The Gates are of various types (information centres, documentation centres, libraries, museums, visitor centres) and offer information on the sites, geosites and how to visit them, as well as tourist reception services, distribution of information material, organisation of excursions, proposals for routes, guided tours, organisation and planning of animations, workshops and educational activities, and they often host exhibitions and displays, events and shows offering popular and educational material.
Through the Gates it is possible to acquire the information necessary to take advantage of the cultural opportunities offered by the Park. Indeed, their task is to promote knowledge of the geological and mining heritage, the historical landscape, the history of mining activities and above all the identity of the territory of the Colline Metallifere Grossetane, informing and directing the visitor.
Another way to get to know the Park is by accessing the portal www.visitmaremma.net (Discover Maremma section), which allows visitors to discover the most evocative places and the oldest traditions of a land full of riches, treasures and curiosities. Here you will find accommodation proposals, itineraries and excursions for individuals and groups.