In Meltina, an exhibition takes visitors on a journey through millions of years of earth history.
Image gallery: Fossil Exhibition in Meltina
Meltina, situated on the Monzoccolo mountain above the Valle dell'Adige valley between Merano and Bolzano, has its own small museum. It is a permanent exhibition on the Town Hall Square, entirely dedicated to the history of the earth and the fossils and minerals found around the village (1,140 m a.s.l.) and in the quarry on the Giogo di Meltina ridge at more than 1,700 m a.s.l.
11 display cases tell about the geology of the Monzoccolo, about millions of years of earth history and the associated geological processes. Other display boards of the Fossil Exhibition in Meltina - "Fossilienschau Mölten" in German, "Esposizione di fossili a Meltina" in Italian - present the most beautiful minerals, fossils and geological finds. A highlight are the fossil tree and plant remains, which are about 260 million years old and dated to the younger Permian period.
It is a true journey through time to a world when there was a sea where mountains rise today, where volcanoes erupted and long-extinct animals lived. The fossil show has two levels connected by stairs. And how to reach it? It is located on the Town Hall Square, a little above there is a car park. The small museum is partly roofed, but does not have any sanitary facilities. Meltina (Mölten) is also easily accessible by public transport (bus line 204).