The entire centre of Ascoli Piceno is made of travertine. This ivory-hued stone was extracted from nearby quarries, sliced into thin plates and exported to various parts of Italy and abroad.
The art of its extraction and processing is still alive and flourishes at the quarries of Acquasanta Terme, and continues through the work done by modern-day stonemasons and sculptors.
Sant’Ippolito, a small town in the province of Pesaro, has been famous since the XIV century as the “Town of Stonemasons” for the artistic and artisanal work with sandstone.
Proof of this can be seen in the local Museo del Territorio-Arte degli Scalpellini (Museum of the Territory-Art of Stonemasonry), home to a documentation centre containing the fundamental elements needed to understand the craft of stonemasons over the centuries. Panels illustrating how the caves were quarried and a collection of the machinery and tools used to work the stone are also on display.
Not only, but every summer the town hosts an event called “Scolpire in piazza, Simposio di scultura su pietra arenaria” (Sculpture on the piazza, A Symposium on sculpting sandstone) which sculptors attend to create works of art using sandstone. The event was introduced with the intention of enhancing the urban and environmental characteristics of small towns and natural areas of the Region of the Marche.
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