With the Carrara Marble Tour you will have a great view of the Apuan Alps and discover the history of the production and manufactoring of the white flawless marble. We will visit one of the most ancient marble quarries ... More info ›
With the Carrara Marble Tour you will have a great view of the Apuan Alps and discover the history of the production and manufactoring of the white flawless marble. We will visit one of the most ancient marble quarries. Here, you will have the chance to discover the different tools involved in the cutting of this precious material, and see a detailed reproduction of a house used by the workers of the marble quarries. Then, a special visit to the village of Colonnata, renowned all over the world for its exquisite “lardo”, seasoned with a local spice and originally conserved in marble blocks. This tour is suitable for everyone because it involves only a gentle stroll and allows you the opportunity to explore.
Admire the white marble mountains from the top
Learn and discover the hardwork involved in the escavation system
Explore the pure environment of the marble caves
Visit of Colonnata, the Village renowed for its 'Lardo' IGP
Come with us and explore the Marble quarries which Michelangelo used to procure the famous white marble, used to create his masterpieces of art.
The tour starts with an enchanting drive to the marble mountain. From Viareggio, you will travel across the typical Tuscan roads until we will reach your destination in the mountain range known as the Apuan Alps.
We will visit one of the biggest quarries on top of the mountain and a charming open air museum. There you will learn the history of the extraordinary skilled workers of the caves, who had to climb the mountains and quarries in order to cut out the marble blocks. You will see full-scale marble sculptures, the original tools used by the workers and you will also enter a typical house, meticulously reproduced in the open-air museum.
Then, we will visit the tiny village of Colonnata, famous all over the world for the exquisite “coldcuts”. Colonnata is in fact the birthplace of the renowed “Lardo di Colonnata”, which was originally the typical meal of the quarryman. It is a delicacy, seasoned with local herbs and spices.
The Apuan Alps hold an immense marble deposit, in particular Carrara. The name itself is believed to be linked to the term 'kar', which means stone. Carrara has a population of 65.000 inhabitants and is situated in Northern Tuscany, adjoined to Liguria and Emilia Romagna. Carrara's economy is still strongly connected to the marble industry. The port of Marina di Carrara for example is the first commercial port in the whole world to transport blocks of marble and granite.