Marble Quarry Closures – The seven mayors of the Versilia stand united against Tuscany


The mayors of all seven municipalities in the Versilia – the area home to the marble quarries famous for marble, since Roman times – have unanimously voiced  their opposition to the recently proposed Tuscany Region environmental plan – which foresees the closure of the quarries within the Park of the Apuan Alps.

The mayors met in the Auditorium of Cardoso in Stazzema on Tuesday, in front of a large crowd of onlookers and articulated a unified response to the Tuscany Region’s plan, by signing a “documento unitario” (a unifying document) . In so doing the whole of the Versilia has claimed its right to have a voice in whatever choices are made which affect its future. The mayors also expressed their support for the marble industry and its “model” for doing business in the area, both from a “foundational historic value” and from the “current irreplaceable economic value.”

This document adds to the already expressed opposition by the Municipalities of the Garfagnana and presents a determined and unified position to the Tuscany Region.

Participating were the Municipalities of: Stazzema, Seravezza, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Camaiore, Massarosa, and Viareggio.

Previously on Art is Life:

48 marble quarries at risk of being shut down as part of new Tuscany Region environmental plan

“L’economia alternativa nelle Apuane” conference will address alternatives to the ongoing marble quarrying, this Saturday, in Lucca

“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed

<Reposting: “The destruction of the Apuan Alps; the greatest environmental disaster of Europe”

UPDATE: ____________ “Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers steam, prompts an official response

“SALVIAMO LE APUANE” Environmentalists and “escursionisti” tag Mount Pania to stop the “destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“The Plundered Alps” Der Spiegel Magazine tells of the devastation of the Apuan Alps

John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the Marble Quarries in Carrara

“The Apennine in the light of day / Is a mighty mountain dim and gray.” B&W photos of the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps over Carrara

“Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” at Villa Gori


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