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Carrara marble quarries for food and wine lovers

Minivan private half day tour with English speaking driver of Carrara marble mines, Colonnata and local winery

Itinerary in the marble valleys of Carrara, the largest in the world, that includes the visit of 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!

Before lunch savor local flavors in Colonnata, home of the renown Lardo, a special cold cut made here only. Tastes for foodies only!

Light lunch and wine tasting a in local winery.

 

Highlights

  • Tour of the marble quarries with private driver***
  • Learn more about 2000 years of excavation and transportation of marble
  • Visit outdoor and underground quarries
  • Aperitivo in Colonnata learn about the local seasoned cold cut
  • Wine tasting light lunch in local winery

Itinerary Overwiev

After the Romans, artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini, Canova and many others, used this unique stone for their works of art. Nowadays quarrymen keep excavating this stone from steep slopes, and export it all over the world.

Meet your driver in Carrara and depart to the marble mountains, the tour includes the visit of a working quarry where, in the bright white of world’s largest marble bedding, your will know more about ancient and modern techniques used for the excavation and transportation of marble. You will see quarrymen cutting off the mountain huge marble block, they have been doing it for 2000 years, that’s why for the locals, marble activities has become areal “way of life”.

After the outside, don’t miss the underground experience, get inside the hearth of the marble mountains in a huge cave where the excavation of marble created a true cathedral inside the mountain. Before heading to the winery a quick stop in Colonnata, home of its famous cold cut named “lardo di Colonnata”. Pigs back-fat cured and seasoned in marble tubs!!! Of course nominated Slow Food Presidium.

Meet the guide in Carrara (or request a pick up at your accommodation), and travel to the marble valleys of Carrara, the largest in the world! Then 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!

Before lunch savor local flavors in Colonnata, home of the renown Lardo, a special cold cut made here only and Slow Food Presidium.

Lunch is arranged along the Candia Hills wine route in a local cantina.

*** Drivers are fully authorized in accordance with the Italian law.

Price & Details

Price per person € 150,00 calculated on a base of 5 participants.

If your party is smaller or bigger, we will send you a customized quotation.

Inclusions

Exclusions

  • Private tour
  • Minimum #1 maximum #15 participants
  • Transportation: minivan with English speaking driver-guide
  • Explanation of both ancient and modern methods of excavation and transportation of marble
  • Entrance ticket to the underground quarry
  • Aperitivo in Colonnata and light lunch with wine tasting in a local winery: typical cold cuts, cheeses, testaroli, vegetable pies, dessert, water, 4 wines
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Tour Details

  • Aperitivo in Colonnata and light lunch with wine tasting in a local winery: typical cold cuts, cheeses, testaroli, vegetable pies, dessert, water, 4 wines
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Activity Level: light
  • Advised clothing: comfortable shoes and clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen

More Customizations?

  • Are you a larger group?
  • Wish to modify the itinerary?
  • Wish to add or cut some stages?
  • Need car/coach transfers?
  • Wish to have more rest days?