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The Slate

Slate, the precious black stone, is one of the symbols of Liguria. The main reserves of slate could be found on the Mount San Giacomo, near Lavagna, and in the Fontanabuona Valley, where there are still many open mines, craftsmen and small industries that work the stone.
Authentic slate can be split perfectly into very thin pieces, thanks to the expert skill of the "spacchino", or slate splitter.
Slate is used in several ways, for construction, for the production of billiard tables, furnishings and various articles.