Ok, I say, “What are my choices?” Well there is marble. Marble? Really, marble? That will be expensive. Oh, no that is the least expensive material, Cararra is only 20 minutes away and there are many quarries and fabricators that ship all over the world.
Last week during my whirlwind trip to Lerici, we visited a friend of Giorgio’s who owns a quarry. We were able to select the marble on-site and also see the process for cutting the blocks and then making the tiles.
For complete disclosure, I should review the entire floor situation. First and foremost the floor will have radiant heat throughout. This must be kept in mind when selecting materials. I have chosen marble for the living/dining area and bathrooms (bagno). The kitchen will have terra cotta tile. Reluctantly, I decided against marble, because it can stain easily with acids – like lemon, vinegar, and tomato. Terra Cotta will be fitting as a natural historic material. The bedrooms, (camera) will have natural bamboo floors.