While most people know at least at a basic level what marble is and what it looks like, very few truly understand the value that high-quality marble can bring with it. All one has to do is go to Italy to find some of the most sought-after art and construction-grade marble found anywhere in the world. And at the Carrara marble pits specifically, some of the finest marble in the world has been harvested. In this YouTube video, you will get to see these marble pits and experience a taste of what Italian marble is worth.
The stunning truth is that a slab of Carrara marble can cost up to $400 per square meter.
The luxury stone is harvested out of the Apuan Alps, located in northern Tuscany. This natural Italian marble deposit stretches for 58 km and reaches 2,000 meters high. The Carrara quarries have produced more marble than any other place on Earth. The Italian marble market is estimated to be worth in excess of €1 billion ($1.1 billion) and produces 4 million tons of material every year. When you understand what this marble is worth and what is involved in getting it out of the ground, it is easier to see why it is still considered some of the finest and most beautiful marble available today.