The almond is the edible seed of the almond tree, Prunus communis, a plant native to Asian areas that was imported to Italy, specifically Sicily, via the Phoenicians' Mediterranean trade. The fruit is a not very fleshy oval drupe, green in colour with dense hair on the surface, which contains 1-2 seeds: almonds. The bud of the almond tree is white and flowers at the beginning of Spring, indicating the awakening of nature from its winter sleep.
At the foot of the Apuan Alps, Carrara is unique in the world for its marble quarries. The “white gold of the Apuan Alps”: this is how the marble of Carrara is defined, a precious stone with which important works have been realised and that has made this town, for centuries devoted to its extraction and processing, great. One of the first people to venture into marble quarrying were the Romans who, by inserting beams of fig wood inside natural fissures in the rock, filled these with water until they were completely impregnated and caused the rock to split. This extraction technique remained unchanged, if not with minor variations, until the Renaissance when Michelangelo began to frequent the Carrara area to directly choose the raw material for his works: it was from Carrara, transported along the Arno, that the block from which the Maestro sculpted the famous David came. Marble thus became an important raw material for the construction, furnishing and decoration of public buildings and patrician residences. Even today, skilful artists and craftsmen still work this material with mastery, creating stupendous works of art and decorative objects that become true furnishing accessories.