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Apricena stone – Tradition and history of Apulia

What if I suggested a stone for your project instead of the usual marble, granite or quartz? No, don’t take me for a fool, if I suggest this it is because even a stone can acquire prestige in the right context to such an extent that it is often confused with a marble.

Apricena stone, you will have heard of it and if not, you will have seen and appreciated it without knowing it. It is a stone from Apulia that I want to tell you about after having told you about marble, granite, quartz, from all over Europe and the world.

Indeed, Apricena stone has nothing to envy in comparison with marble and granite from Tuscany, Veneto, Spain, Africa and even Brazil. Finally, I can tell you about a much appreciated and valuable stone extracted in our beloved Apulia, where Miss Marmi is based.

Be careful not to confuse Apricena stone with the different types of Apulian stone. And yes, we know that Apulia is vast and from the deep south where the Lecce stone is renowned, which lends itself well to the Baroque sculptures of which the city is full. Heading towards the centre of Apulia, we find the Murgese stone that characterises the famous trulli of Alberobello, then we come across the famous Trani stone to the north of Bari and in the far north of Apulia, Apricena stone quarried in the beautiful Gargano promontory.

They are all stones that are resistant to external weathering but are also excellent for sculptural work. Stones that in their natural colour, mainly beige, enhance the colours of Puglia.

Have you ever seen, at least in a photo, the cathedral of Trani standing out against the blue sea?

But today I want to tell you especially about Apricena stone.

Technical characteristics of Apricena stone

Apricena stone is an Apulian stone quarried in Apricena and Poggio Imperiale, two small villages on the Gargano. Apricena and Poggio Imperiale are now the first stone quarrying centre in southern Italy and the second at national level after Carrara.

Among the characteristics of Apricena stone that make it appreciated are its hardness, compactness and durability. Apricena stone is a valuable material that is appreciated both at national level and abroad, such as China, Japan and Germany, where it is synonymous with quality, elegance and « made in Italy ».

Apricena stone is light beige in colour, tending towards ivory or pinkish, but with different shades and veins. There are therefore four main types of Apricena stone, which differ in terms of appearance, clearly visible to the naked eye but not in terms of quality: FIORITO, BIANCONE, BRONZETTO and SERPEGGIANTE.

Fiorito, as its name suggests, is distinguished by the presence of pinkish undulating veins on a beige background.

Biancone is pure white, uniform or nearly so, as only natural stone is possible.
Bronzetto owes its name to its slightly darker colour compared to the others, tending towards bronze.

Serpeggiante is characterised by a beige background on which there are parallel wavy lines.

Uso della pietra di Apricena

I have already told you about Apricena stone when I spoke of the architect Renzo Piano, who used this stone for the entire church, from the floors to the cladding, but above all for the load – bearing  structure of the cathedral of San Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Apulia on the Gargano precisely because of the hardness and resistance of Apricena stone.

Article: Renzo Piano and the use of stone and marble in his works

The hardness of Apricena stone made it suitable for making the cathedral’s load – bearing sails.

When you enter the cathedral at San Giovanni Rotondo, you will be fascinated  by the elegance of the structure’s load – bearing sails.

Despite their architectural commitment, the material makes them elegant in their bronze beige colour.

So you can also use this stone in your project to achieve durability and at the same time refinement and charm that this stone will give you at first sight.

You can bring a little bit of Apulia into your home. This stone is in fact widely used in the renovation of ancient Apulian villas.

Apricena stone lends itself well to both interior and exterior cladding, giving elegance to the environment.

It is mainly used in both indoor and outdoor flooring, but is also excellent for a kitchen countertop, or in bathroom elements such as the inside of the shower or for the classic large or smaller spa pool.

If you are planning the renovation of your home and would like to bring a bit of Puglia into your home, give us a call and we will see how we can adapt your dream to the best material.

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