Custonaci is a small town in the Province of Trapani, in the west of Sicily, and is known throughout the world as one of Italy's largest marble centres, producing 85% of Sicily's marble, approximately 15% on a national level.
The marble quarried from Monte Cofano is a particular favourite with artists and architects from all over the world who are attracted to its quality and distinctive characteristics.
A variety of marbles are produced in the area, including 'Perlato di Sicilia classico', a light ivory-coloured marble with beige veining - the result of hundreds of years of sediment deposits in the limestone, Perlatino di Sicilia, Mediterranean Ivory, Green Wave and Nerello di Custonaci.
Quarrying first began in Custonaci many centuries ago with the antique libeccio marble, a rose-coloured marble widely used in the construction of Baroque churches in Sicily and in Rome's San Pietro Basilica. Today, the stone industry is one of the main economic activities in the area with some 100 quarries in operation, 75% of whose production is sold abroad.