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Marble Quarry of Mount Altissimo

On the slopes of Mount Altissimo, one of the highest peaks on Seravezza territory, lie the famous marble quarries. The merit for "valorising" these quarries goes to Michelangelo Buonarroti when in 1517 he came to Seravezza from Carrara "to attempt to quarry from these mountains the marble for the facade of San Lorenzo of Florence". As Emanuele Repetti from Carrara wrote, the exploitation of the quarries of Seravezza began precisely in 1517, with the excavation of the quarry used by Michelangelo and known as the Cappella (chapel) or Falcovaja which, among the numerous quarries of the mountain, offers the finest and whitest marble. Thereafter, in addition to the Cappella marble quarry, marble extraction also began in the quarries: Vasajone, Polla, Trambiserra and Vincarella.


Texts by Anna Toscano

English translation by Victor Beard

Last update 08/gen/2008