Stone is masterfully integrated into Italian culture, shown to perfection in the pietra d’Istria Orsera that provides 80 percent of the pavement and decor of Venice, including the Ponte dei Sospiri.
Fully associated with masterpieces of sculpture and architecture, the Carrara quarries in Tuscany still produce the world’s most sought-after marble. Villas of Tuscany:Tuscan Adventure will travel to the Carrara Quarries and workshops in Sept. 2017. Although today huge equipment and power tools are used to 'mine' Carrara Marble, watch how a 'maestro' 'orchestrates' the machinery much as was done by hand in ancient times.
Prior to the use of power tools, the same basic implements were used for stone carving for hundreds of years. Many of the sculptor's tools had a variety of functions and could be used at different stages of the carving process. Watch this contemporary sculptor demonstrate the use of traditional tools--such as the tooth chisel, the point chisel, the hand drill, and the rasp--as he creates a finished figure of a woman from a block of marble . . . just as 'Michelangelo' di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni had done in the 1500's, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
In Sept. 2017 Villas of Italy will visit the Carrara Quarries, visit their onsite workshop to view works of art in process, and travel to the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries in Florence to view unparalleled works of sculpture by the masters. Life is short . . . Italy is waiting . . . when are you going?
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Tony Moglia's grandparents immigrated from Italy in the early 1900's. He's a dual citizen who has traveled extensively throughout Italy for 40 years. He's happily married to a vibrant dancer who together have two children and three grandchildren. Tony has dreamed of Villas of Italy since his first trip to Italy, and now he shares his dream with you.