Nerello of Custonaci

As in a dance, the cerulean and the golden alternate voluptuously
almost imitating the separation between land and sea.

The king of the squares

Nerello di Custonaci is perhaps the most widely used material in western Sicily for decorating public spaces such as squares, paving, etc.. The economic crisis of 2012 made itself felt in 2 of the 3 quarries that extract Custonaci Nerello, thus reducing the availability of the material and increasing its price.


The nerello of Custonaci has a dual nature: grey and golden. Often the two colours alternate as if in a dance, and sometimes some blocks resemble camouflage. Another unique feature of this material is its ability to change colour following the degree of polishing applied to its surface. It goes from grey when raw to dark grey / petrol green when polished.

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lapped nerello di Custonaci cladding and flooring
nerello of custonaci risen christ
Stylized bas-relief of the resurrected Christ in nerello from Custonaci

In addition to squares, it has seen an important use in cemetery art, thanks to its grey colouring it has helped to enhance chapels and funerary aedicules. Even in design it has had an extra gear, managing to create modern and unique chromatic effects.

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Stable changes in nerello di Custonaci