Italian marble is incredibly famous and in demand all over the world for its indisputable beauty and quality. The marble and granite have been extracted since Roman times and their processing is an ancient art.
Although the extraction basins of Italian marble are scattered throughout the country, it is possible to identify areas of greater importance for the stone sector. In particular, the regions in which the most precious Italian marble types are extracted are Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto, Lombardy and Sicily. But the nerve center of Italian marble undoubtedly remains that of the Apuan area in the province of Massa-Carrara in Tuscany. In fact, the best-known Italian marble types such as white Italian Carrara marble, Statuary marble and Calacatta gold Italian marble slab are extracted from the Apuan Alps.
White Italian Carrara marble is the king of all Italian marble types, the marble par excellence. This Italian marble is extracted in the Apuan Alps and is appreciated by designers and architects all over the world for its bright and pure color capable of illuminating and giving space to any environment as well as for its incredible versatility.
Among the Italian marble extracted in Carrara we find also the most valuable marble of all, namely Statuario marble. This Italian marble is famous for being and having been used for the creation of works of art such as sculptures and statues (hence the term “statuario” or “statuary”).
Finally, always coming from the Carrara basin, we cannot fail to mention Calacatta gold marble slab from Italy: one of the most used Italian marble types for the creation of floors and walls due to its refined and precious white surface enriched by gray and gold veins.
But, as mentioned at the beginning, Italian marble does not come only from the Apuan area but there are many other precious Italian marble types from other areas: among the most famous we remember the Botticino marble extracted in the province of Brescia at the foot of the Brescian Alps, the marble Travertine (even if morphologically it is not a marble) mainly extracted in Lazio or Trani marble from the Murgia area in Puglia.
The marble field in Italy is not limited to mere extraction but also includes other activities such as processing. The processing of Italian marble is often carried out in specialized laboratories. Skilled craftsmen work in the laboratories to whom works are commissioned by internationally renowned artists and architects. Although new technologies and informatics are also used today for the processing of Italian marble, these have not managed to replace the experience and skills of these craftsmen.
Italian marble and the entire stone sector represent 10% of the national GDP and Italy is also a leader in the export of Italian marble slabs worldwide.