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In the north of Piedmont, on the Western Alps, in the district of Verbano Cusio Ossola, Tosco Marmi Group runs one of its core businesses in the stone sector.

In this place it’s located an important Palissandro quarry (dolomia) owned by the Tosco Marmi Group for more than 40 years, a millenary quarry whose material was used for some historical monuments in Lombardy and in its bordering regions all along the past centuries.

A place in history

Crevola marbles were used during the centuries to build some important historical monuments, a shining past that finds nowadays a great continuation with Tosco Marmi Group.

Historical documents witness how these marbles of “astonishing whiteness” were used to build Pavia’s Cathedral and the Arch of Peace in Milan, documenting with extreme precision the great technical knowledge of the men that along the centuries, in these places, transformed quarrying and manufacturing marble in a true art.

Pavia’s Cathedral

In the second half of the XV century Pavia, like Milan, planned to build its own cathedral. Finally, on June 29th, 1488, the construction work started. On June 16th 1518 the “Fabbrica del Duomo” bought from Crevola’s community a marble quarry, in which all the best stonemasons were called to extract and cut the blocks, to find the materials to build the monument.

The Crevola’s marbles travelled without paying taxes thanks to the great privilege given by Francesco II Sforza, duke of Milan, a privilege that was granted to a few and that clearly witness the importance and and the consideration that the building of this monument had.

Crevola’s quarry was used for many centuries and for this reason it was also known as Pavia’s Quarry.

The Arch of Peace

The Arch of Peace was conceived to welcome Napoleon on the road that connected Milan to Paris and its construction represents one of the most important projects in Milan’s public construction sector of the XIXth century.

Crevola’s marble was  used to build the eight monumental monolithic columns, the sculptures, especially the colossal rivers’ statues and the decorative and plain parts. The transport of the columns was a very complex engineering undertaking as the columns, 12,63 m tall with a diameter of 1,67 m, were made of a single marble block. To succeed in transporting them from the quarry to the river Toce special chariots were built to resist to the weight without breaking into pieces. At the same  time, the itinerary was very important too: bridges, obstacles and every little detail of the path to follow was analyzed by Engineer Giroldi, who was chosen to organize all the transportation plan. Today we can read every detail of this engineering challenge thanks to Giuseppe Frattini that published Giroldi’s book of technical notes.


Palissandro is a unique material and the only quarry in the world is owned by Tosco Marmi Group. Today it is considered as  a  primary choice by designers all  around the world thanks to its specific characteristics:

Elegance: naturally golden glittering

Density and durability: applicable for both interior and exterior

Versatility: suitable for both residential and commercial applications

Modernity: stylish veins and trendy colors

Tosco Marmi experience and the use of the latest quarrying technologies allow us to obtain great quality blocks with a constant  production all over the year. The production capacity of the Group’s mining sites as well as the notable quantities of blocks and slabs always available in our stores allow us to realize big and exclusive projects.

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