working: traditional Handicraft of Volterra
is a creamy-white, transparent, crystalline stone from
the region around Volterra that fascinated the ancient
Etruscans more then 2,500 years ago. It conceals a secret
inner character composed of shape, veins, colour and transparency.
Concealed in broad layers of gypsum at depths of up to
100m underground, alabaster is laboriously excavated in
egg-shaped blocks and then shaped in craftsmen's workshops.
It can be carved, sawed, filed and sculpted, making it
the perfect material for sculptures of all kinds, both
for beginners and advanced artists. Volterra has gained
a world reputation for its long tradition of expertise
in working alabaster stone. This course, held by a local
artist and sculptor, will introduce you to the beauty
of this stone as well as its handling, thus assisting
you with your own creative and artistic work.
sculpting classes include 20 lesson hours on 5 days. Accomodation
and half board is for one week, arriving and leaving on
Saturday. The teacher, Alessandro Marzetti, young arstist
from Volterra, will guide you though the secrets of this
old tradition from Volterra and will help you in realising
your own work of art.
sculpting courses are suitable for beginners and expert
sculptors who would like to learn specific work techniques
for alabaster sculpting.
course is also loved by children!
Management : Alessandro
Marzetti and Isabella di Fabio
 = 6 nights
workshops will be held with a minimum of 4 participants.
per person, 1 week (7 nights)
Person, 6 nights
- Accommodation in double room for 7 or 6 nights.
- Half board (buffet breakfast and 4-course dinner, drinks
- Alabaster classes: 20 lesson hours per week
stone for the first work
- Free bus transfer from
and to Volterra on arrival and departure days for
guests travelling with public transport.
does not include:
room supplement (€ 175 per week)
tax 1€ per person/night. City tax is chargeable for
a maximum of 3 nights
Sculpuring lessons, without accommodation:
Villa Palagione it is also possible to participate in the
Alabaster Workshop without booking accommodation nor half
can be arranged anytime on request.
contact us for further information.