• Explore the European routes of marble

  • A journey from rocks to masterpieces

  • Join us in our travel to Italy, Belgium, Greece, Portugal and Spain

Marble has been considered a superior and distinctive raw material because of its intrinsic characteristics, its softness and beauty.

From the antiquity marble has been considered an elected stone both for the production of art and for the construction of buildings and functional objects and has been carved by talented and famous artists to decorate buildings of prestigious people and to praise the divine.

Not only marble has been used all over time but it has been also used by several civilizations all over the world. In Europe, marble had a predominant role, being intrinsically linked to Culture and History. In the five EU regions involved in the Extra-Expo project, marble has an important impact on the economy and culture. Marble carries in its essence the morphology of the territories – natural heritage – and the history and practices of the communities.

Each territory presents similarities but also specific characteristics that can contribute to the attractiveness of these regions and to a rich tourist offer in terms of heritage and memorable experiences.

Contemporaneous tourists seek not only greater authenticity but also ‘real experiences’. The ‘new tourist’ wants not only to look to beautiful scenery and recognize their general information, but also wants to experience the ‘new’ and the ‘different’, feel the subtlety, interact, thrill and experience unforgettable sensations. Marble routes can offer both: a common culture and unique experiences.

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  • Marble, the divine stone
    15 January 2016
    Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa
    Vila Viçosa

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  • Marble, the divine stone
    22 January 2016
    MuSA - Museo Virtuale della Scultura e dell'Architettura

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  • EXTRA EXPO : « de l’EXTRAction à l’EXPOsition : de la pierre au chef-d’œuvre ».
    22 January 2016
    Espace culturel Victor Jara
    Place Van Zeeland, 31
    7060 Soignies

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  • EXTRA-EXPO EUROPEAN PROJECT: From Extraction to Exposition: A journey how rocks become masterpieces
    22 January 2016

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  • European marble route
    22 January 2016
    Folklore Museum of Varnavas

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Explore the marble regions



    Thanks to its important marble quarries, the land has attracted renowned artists, from Michelangelo to Canova, that have contributed to shape these places; it is today a destination yearned for by contemporary craftsmen, sculptors and artists. The town of Pietrasanta is a veritable open air museum, caters to every tourist’s need. Its strategic position was also an important gateway of the Via Francigena.

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    The extraction and treatment of stone are deeply rooted in the history of Wallonia because of its extraordinary soil resources. This remarkable geological diversity offers a wide range of stone and marble.

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    Attica is the region that encompasses the city of Athens, the capital of Greece. The region is famous for its high quality marble of white types, in combination with a very long tradition in the art of marble, the roots of which reach the depths of centuries back ago.

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    Alentejo has great historical wealth and a well-preserved heritage. Its rural areas have unrivalled environmental conditions, a diversified countryside and natural reserves, being the most active marble region in Portugal. The earliest evidence for exploitation of this resource dates back to 370 BC…

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    The past and present of Macael, written based on deck and pointer are linked to its white marble. This majestic stone culture, history and tradition of this town sits. Used in countless masterpieces, the Alhambra and the Royal Palace of Madrid are clear examples.

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