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Carrara Gallery Marble Quarry

Carrara marble quarries

Private guided tours and activities

Carrara was built at the bottom of its marble mountains, it is located along coast of northern Tuscany next to the boundary of Liguria region. Behind Carrara the three main marble valley disclose themselves: Colonnata, Miseglia and Torano which take the name from their main villages.
Throughout 2000 years it has been excavated this white unique stone, know more about excavation, transportation and carving of marble by booking one of the following tours:

  • Carrara marble mines private sightseeing with tour guide by coach or by minivan/4x4.
  • Guided walks of Carrara town center, the marble built town.
  • Visit of the workshop of sculpture.
  • Sculpting classes, learm how to carve your own piece of marble.
  • Food and wine tastings in Colonnata and surroundings

Marble quarries tours - Half day approx. 3 hrs

Coach, minivan, 4x4 guided sightseeing, suitable for groups and individuals. For a full day tour, match together the itineraries here below.

Marble quarries full immersion

Marble quarries full immersion

The tour developes through the majestic marble valleys of Carrara, the largest in the world!
Visit the an outdoor working quarry where, watching the quarrymen at work, learn about the modern techniques of extraction of marble. 

Then enter into the hearth of the mountain for something unique: the underground quarry. Nothing can describe what you are going to admire.

Afterwards ride all the way up to an altitude of nearly 1000 meters to admire unique panoramas, and have a general recap of the day by visiting an exhibition of tools and machinery to answer to the tipycal quastions like: “How did the Romans do?” “How did Michelangelo do to transport such heavy weights…..”

*** Feasible in minivan - 4x4 only

*** If you come by coach, contact us, we will plan a custom itinerary

Marble exhibition and quarry in tunnel

Marble exhibition and quarry in tunnel

The itinerary takes place in the Miseglia valley (also called Fantiscritti), where will be visited:
- An interesting open-air exhibition of tools and equipment used for the extraction and the transport of marble since the Roman age until today.
- Then enter into the mountain to visit the famous and fascinating “undeground quarry”. It is something unique, almost impossible to describe, the only thing is to come and visit it!

*** Feasible with coaches up to 12,50 metres

Marble quarries and sculpture studio

Marble quarries and sculpture studio

The beginning of Carrara marble world are the quarries, decide to visit the marble quarries of Colonnata or Fantiscritti valley depending on the size of your coach.
There is possibile to learm more of 2000 years in the excavation and tranportation of marble afterwards, following the ideal journey of a block, end up in one of the many sculpture studios present in the area. Here, by looking the sculptors at work, know more of techniques and tools necessary to create a sculpture over a block of rough marble.

*** Feasible with any size of coach

Marble quarries and Carrara historic center

Marble quarries and Carrara historic center

Visit the marble quarries of Colonnata or Fantiscritti valley depending on the size of your coach. Learn about the mining and transporting of throughout the centuries, since the Roman age until today.

Then Carrara, the town entirely made out of  its marble: the Malaspina castle, the Duomo, but also houses, doorways, windows, squares, street furniture. In Carrara, everything is made of marble.

*** Feasible with any size of coach

Marble quarries and Colonnata

Marble quarries and Colonnata

The itinerary develops in the Colonnata valley where will be visited:
- A modern marble quarry (from a safe spot that overlooks quarrymen at work) to learn more about modern techniques of excavation.
- An ancient Roman quarry (archaeological site) for knowing the old methods of excavation of marble.
- Finish the tour in Colonnata the oldest quarrymen village, to taste the local Lardo di Colonnata (slow Food presidium) and know its gastronomic secrets.

*** Feasible with any size of coach

Upgrade your tour

Customize your sightseeing making a full day tour in Carrara by matching the visit of the marble quarries with one at your choice among: Carrara historic center, workshop of sculpture, Colonnata a quarrymens village.


Or by adding one of the following experiences:

- Sculpting class for adults and children - 3 hrs.  In this small amount of time you don’t become a sculptor, but with thelp of a real sculptor you will learn how to carve your own marble tile with hammer and chisel, and return at home with your personal hand made marble work.




- Meet the wine growers.
The countryside of Carrara is ideal for the making of either red and white wines. Meet the wine growers and learn how to match candia Hills wines and Colli di Luni wines together with local foods.

- Olive oil tasting in a local mill. Learn more about the making of extra vergin olive oil, by visiting an olive grove lead by an expert, then taste several types of olive oil and know how to recognize the best one.

- Visit one of the neighbor towns like Sarzana, Potremoli, Pietrasanta, Lerici.

Shore excursions to Carrara marble quarries

Cruise shore trips suitable from the ports of Livorno, La Spezia and Portovenere.

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Carrara marble quarries from Livorno

Meet your driver-guide at the Livorno harbor and depart to the amazing Carrara marble quarries.

Travel through the majestic marble valleys, stop at panoramic lookouts arriving up to 1000 m of altitude and enjoying breathtaking views.

Visit the inside of an active marble quarry and learn more about ancient and modern methods of excavation and transportation of the marble.

Stop for lunch in Colonnata, the oldest quarrymen's village popular for its local delicacy ”Lardo” of Colonnata (cured pig's back-fat).

In the afternoon choose to remain in Carrara and visit an art workshop and learn more about tools and techniques used for creating a marble statue or decide to give a glance to one between Pisa or Lucca.

 

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Carrara marble quarries from La Spezia and Portovenere

Meet your driver-guide at the La Spezia or Portovenere port and depart to Carrara and its unique marble quarries. 

Visit the inside of active marble quarries (outdoor and in gallery) and learn more about ancient and modern methods of excavation and transportation of the marble.
Travel through the breathtaking marble valleys, enjoy the unique panorama arriving up to 1000 m of altitude.

Stop for lunch in Colonnata, an ancient quarrymen's village renown for its local delicacy ”Lardo” of Colonnata (cured pig's back-fat).

In the afternoon choose to remain in Carrara and visit an workshop of sculpture in order to know about tools and techniques used for carving a marble sculpture or decide to give a quick look at the Cinque Terre or Portovenere.

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