Material from the Calacata Borghini quarry, which is
located in the Apuan Alps of Italy, is now available from the Santucci Group of
which recently reached an agreement for the promotion and sales of the marble.
Located in the heart of the Apuan Alps, close to the village of Torano
in the Carrara
region, the Calacata Borghini quarry is named for Paolo Borghini, who has owned
the quarry since 1979. Recently, the historic quarry site began a new chapter,
as the Santucci Group reached an agreement for the promotion and sales of
Calacata Borghini, which is a world-renowned material.
The goal of this partnership is to use Santucci’s
sales and marketing experience to enhance the promotion of Calacata Borghini on
an international level, explained Fabrizio Santucci, CEO of the Santucci Group,
which is based in Carrara and has a U.S. office in Miami,
“We can say with no doubt that this is one of the oldest quarries in Carrara,”
said Paolo Borghini. “Some cuts made by the Romans were discovered during the
last ‘cleanups,’ and they were donated to the Marble Museum of Carrara.”
The quarry has interior and exterior sections, and it
is equipped with the latest technology.
Stone extracted from the Calacata Borghini is
considered to be the “original” Calacata marble from Italy. From the geological
standpoint, the stone extracted from the Calacata Borghini quarry is calcium
carbonate - like all the other marbles of the Apuan Area. However, the stone
from this particular quarry went through a natural process of
re-crystallization that makes it stronger and more durable, allowing it to be
used for a full range of applications. This re-crystallization process also
gave the stone its unique color and veining.
Stone is extracted from the two separate layers of the quarry. One section is
an exterior site, where blocks are extracted using traditional bench quarrying
methods, while the other is an underground “gallery.” Both sites are equipped
with the latest technology, including Caterpillar loaders and backhoes. These
investments were made to produce the best possible blocks, to conserve the
environment by minimizing waste and to limit the risks for the quarry workers.
Stone from the Calacata Borghini quarry went through a
natural re-crystallization process that makes it stronger and more durable.
This process also gave the stone its unique color and veining.
Extraction of blocks inside the gallery is almost
totally done with machines, including Fantini chainsaws. This equipment is
computer controlled, with an operator using a joystick to execute the various
operations. Meanwhile, the exterior stone extraction is done through the use of
diamond wire saws.
Monthly production is about 300 cubic meters, and the standard size of the
blocks is 9 x 5 x 5 feet. For special projects, the quarry can also producer
larger blocks in custom sizes, depending on the specifications of the
“The quarry has produced continuously since it was opened, and based on the
last geological tests, there will be no shortage of good material - in quantity
and quality,” Borghini said. “Also, since there are deeper layers with bigger
‘fronts,’ we expect to have better material in the future in terms of quality
Extraction from the underground gallery is largely
automated, with the operator controlling the machinery by remote control.
Between the two sections, monthly production of
Calacata Borghini marble stands at 300 cubic meters per month.