Industrial Leftovers | Globalization’s Impact | The Steel Mills Of Terni, Italy

The steel works still represent a mainstay of employment for the entire Terni’s area and the municipalities around it.


Photographer and Leica Ambassador Andrea Boccalini is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From his  project ‘Roots of Steel’To see Andrea’s body of work click on any photograph.


Gianni goes through all the stages of Terni Chemical Plant. Here he is in the warehouse for ammonia salts.


Today Terni is among the top three cities that most suffered from the economic crisis .


A former chemical plant that has been converted


The satellite activities that sprung from the steel works are of great importance for the entire Terni Basin


If closed, the ovens in the steel factory would affect the entire steel works


We make steel not chocolates”. With this slogan the Terni football fans addressed their arch-rivals, the Perugina. Terni fans are working-class from the steel mills.  Perugina fans are part of Perugia’s middle class.  Every city has its symbol. Terni does not have a monument, it has always been about steel and its  production. For more than a century the steel industry has led social, cultural, urban and economic development of the entire basin surrounding Terni. A city along with a tradition of iron engineering and manufacturing was born around the steel works. In fact, the “Terni” industry group was until recent times one of the most important steel, chemical and hydroelectric centers in Europe. Then came the time of the dismemberment of the corporate sectors, the arrival of multinationals, the relocation of factories, the heavy industry crisis and the socio-economic system linked to it. This is the story of what has been achieved and what remains of that experience. It is a parable about the clash of an industrial development model against globalization.


Warehouse which housed carbide, a fuel powder, highly polluted and inflammable used to fuel the furnaces of the steel factory


The proletarian village in Papigno with Terni on the background. The attempt to convert this area into movie-studies completely failed due to political clashes


Terni’s view


The former carbide factory in Papigno


Terni’s countryside was destroyed by industrialization, today is one of the most polluted places in Italy


Former Terni Chemical Plant that used to employ over 3,000 people. Today a section of the closed plant in use by another industry with 100 workers.


See also:

Silent Night

By Andrea Boccalini




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