The National Park Authority of Val Grande is the organization responsible for safeguarding the National Park of Val Grande, a protected natural area since 1992, which has collaborated with the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano since its foundation. In fact, the history of the park is closely tied to that of the Candoglia Quarries, used since the end of the 19th century for the construction of the Duomo di Milano. It was with the concession of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, on 24 October 1387, that the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo came into possession of the woods of Val Grande and that the history of the Milanese people became forever tied to the stone, in an indissoluble relationship between marble and prayer.
Stone, as an element that connects the landscape to the garden, is the theme of the 13th edition of the Salone del Libro Editoria & Giardini 2016, which will take place from 17-25 September 2016 in the spectacular setting of Villa Giulia in Verbania. The event, organized by the town of Verbania, is the only Italian publishing trade-show dedicated to gardening that sees the participation of 3,000 Italian and foreign titles from 400 publishing houses, scholars, specialists, and enthusiasts from the entire territory who take part in the various initiatives and conferences.
The Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, upon invitation by the National Park Authority of Val Grande, will take part in Editoria & Giardini 2016 with a small exhibition dedicated to Candoglia marble and to the objects which, century after century, have been and have replaced the Duomo's structural decorations: spires, pinnacles, and sculptures.
The exhibition: “Stone Makes History: Candoglia Marble and the Duomo di Milano” will officially begin on Sunday, 18 September, 2016 at 5pm at the Villa Giulia Park in Verbania (exhibition hall on the 1st floor).
The rich program of events organized by Editoria & Giardini will also include a screening of the film "L'infinita fabbrica del Duomo” (The Infinite Fabric of the Duomo) at the Maggiore Event Centre Friday, 23 September, at 8:30pm and several initiatives dedicated to the Cathedral's timeless history, which we invite you to explore at the event's official website.
The event will be an opportunity to meet, study, and promote the area's cultural heritage and landscapes, but above all it will be a testament to how stone, and the valuable and exclusive marble of this quarry in particular, has been an extraordinary resource for the construction of the symbol which identifies Milan and its people in the world.