The onion is the edible bulb of the herbaceous plant of the same name. It is a biennial plant whose life cycle is interrupted at one year in cultivation for consumption.

The onion (Allium Cepa) belongs to the same family as garlic, chives and leeks, foods that are similar in both shape and taste.

Its main use is as a food and condiment, but due to its anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties, it is effective in many problems of the body.

There are numerous varieties: the white onion, the red onion (such as the Tropea onion) and the blond onion; in Italy alone there are more than 20 different types.


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.


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