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Carrara hiking tours – In the footsteps of the marble quarrymen

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Carrara trekking tour in the white marble mountains. Hike off the beaten paths, discover new trails, try a new experience.

The Alpi Apuane is the mountain range that stretches from west to east running in parallel with the Mediterranean sea. Here live side by side the Carrara marble quarries and the Natural Park, in this area you can enjoy uncontaminated nature, hike the ancient trails used by the quarrymen to reach the marble quarries, discover Colonnata that is the oldest and one of the most charming quarrymen’s village, home of the famous Lardo di Colonnata (seasoned pork’s back-fat). Explore the other “paesi del marmo” (marble villages) which were former settlements of the slaves back to the ancient Romans era. Enjoy the walking in the shade of the century-old chestnut woods, have a picnic on the meadows of Campocecina and stretch your sight all over the Mediterranean sea. Walk on the ridge of the mountains overlooking unbelievable marble quarries where the “white gold” has been excavated since the Roman times, taste the authentic flavors of Carrara that tell more about this beautiful land.

Carrara hiking tours, the footpaths in the Apuan Alps

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from 3 hrs

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From € 43 pp

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The green footpath around Carrara – 3/4 hours

Carrara trekking tour ring with departure and arrival at Malaspina castle in Carrara old town center. The hiking tour involves Carrara town center, rich in marble works and monuments, and the villages located on the hilltops just outside Carrara: Gragnana and Sorgnano. The footpath stretches up the hills in the middle of vineyards, vegetable gardens, and chestnut woods towards the villages where there was a stronger vocation to the agricultural activities and uses to provide Carrara of their land products.

Finish in Carrara with a food tasting of local products.

From € 43,00 per person. Based on 6 participants.

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

Inclusions

  • Private tour
  • Minimum #1 maximum #15 participants. If you have a bigger party we will arrange for you a bespoke program.
  • Full day English speaking environmental tour guide.
  • Food tastings in Carrara.

Exclusions

  • Car/coach transfer to Carrara
  • A full meal in a restaurant
  • Other extras not listed above
  • Tips (optional).

Tour details

  • Meeting point: Carrara town center by the castle. Another meeting point can be fixed on request.
  • Duration: 3/4 hours including photo stops, time to have a snack and visit the sites on the way.
  • Activity Level: Touristic (T): no special skills are required and even people without a fitness base will enjoy these trips. The hiking takes place mostly on gravel/dirt, flat or slightly sloping surfaces, with a possibility of few steps to climb.  It develops in the immediate vicinity of towns, tourist resorts, communication routes and is interesting for having a tourist or recreational nature.
  • Elevation gain approx 200 m.
  • The tour runs with rain or shine, but in case of weather alert the tour can be modified or canceled.
  • Mandatory clothing: comfortable clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, backpack with water, hiking boots/shoes.

Feel always free to require more customization of the itinerary in length, duration, and challenge.

Carrara hiking tours, Colonnata from up high

Colonnata, the oldest quarrymen’s village  – 6 hrs

Carrara trekking tour in the Alpi Apuane along the Colonnata ring, in the past a trail walked by the marble quarrymen. Discover Colonnata that is the oldest and one of the most charming quarrymen’s village, home of the famous Lardo di Colonnata (seasoned pork’s back-fat). Walk along the ancient trails used by the quarrymen to reach the marble quarries, but also by the locals as a “salt trail” when they were going to Parma to trade sea salt for cheese and other products. Route walked also by many pilgrims on the way to Rome for staying away from a dangerous trail on the plain.

Once returned Colonnata, experience some local flavors by tasting some Lardo di Colonnata (seasoned pork’s back-fat) cheese, and wine.

From € 60,00 per person. Based on 6 participants.

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

 

Inclusions

  • Private tour
  • Minimum #1 maximum #15 participants. If you have a bigger party we will arrange for you a bespoke program.
  • Full day English speaking environmental tour guide.
  • Light lunch with cheese, cold cuts, vegetable pies.

Exclusions

  • Car/coach transfer to Colonnata
  • A full meal in a restaurant
  • Other extras not listed above
  • Tips (optional).

Tour details

  • Meeting point: Colonnata village, by the fountain. Another meeting point can be fixed on request.
  • Duration: 3/4 hours hiking and the rest of the time spent for lunch and exploring Colonnata.
  • Activity Level: Expert Hiker (EE): the itinerary presented somewhere technical difficulties. You should be able to hike up to 5 hours on uneven footpaths, with gravel and rocks, high elevation gain and plenty of steps.
  • Elevation gain approx 500 m.
  • The tour runs with rain or shine, but in case of weather alert the tour can be modified or canceled.
  • Mandatory clothing: comfortable clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, backpack with water, hiking boots/shoes.

Feel always free to require more customization of the itinerary in length, duration and challenge.

The paesi del marmo (marble villages) trail – 7/8 hrs

Carrara trekking tour of the marble villages, and visit the historical exhibition of tools and equipment used for the marble excavation. Start from Carrara and climb all the way up to Codena along the “Littorio staircase” after Codena proceeds to Bergiola, another historical village of the quarrymen located in the hearth of the marble valleys. The villages are pretty, with their tiny churches and marble-made houses, the scenario of the mountains is simply breathtaking! Here you can decide to finish the hiking after about 2,5 hours. Or continue by facing the second (and more challenging) part of the path by reaching Fantiscritti valley. There, after another 3 hours hiking meet your coach and return to Carrara.

From € 69,00 per person. Based on 6 participants.

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

 

Inclusions

  • Private tour
  • Minimum #1 maximum #15 participants. If you have a bigger party we will arrange for you a bespoke program.
  • Full day English speaking environmental tour guide.
  • Light lunch with cheese, cold cuts, vegetable pies.

Exclusions

  • Car/coach transfer to/from the marble quarries.
  • A full meal in a restaurant
  • Other extras not listed above
  • Tips (optional).

Tour details

  • Meeting point: Carrara town center. Another meeting point can be fixed on request.
  • Duration: 7/8 hours. Including photo stops, time to have a snack and visit the sites on the way.
  • Activity Level: Expert Hiker (EE): the itinerary presented somewhere technical difficulties. You should be able to hike up to 5 hours on uneven footpaths, with gravel and rocks, high elevation gain and plenty of steps.
  • Elevation gain approx 700 m.
  • The tour runs with rain or shine, but in case of weather alert the tour can be modified or canceled.
  • Mandatory clothing: comfortable clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, backpack with water, hiking boots/shoes.

 

Feel always free to require more customization of the itinerary in length, duration and challenge.

Carrara hiking tour, marble quaries view from Campocecina

Campocecina, the terrace of the Apuan Alps – 7/8 hours

Carrara trekking tour of the Borla Mountain ring starting from Campocecina meadows. This is another beautiful hiking tour that takes place in Campocecina, a panoramic place located at approximately 1300 mt. altitude. From up there, the sight stretches all over the Mediterranean as far as Elba island, over the Gulf of La Spezia and over the Carrara marble quarries. The ring stretches around Borla mountain and lasts approximately 3 hours and starts from the Campocecina meadows, the the favorite place for Sunday picnics of the Carraresi, and continues through woods, quarries paths, and abandoned marble quarries like the “Poets marble quarries”.  Before returning at Campocecina unmissable is the visit of the Shoah Memorial Park that houses all the marble statues carved on purpose for the 2001 Sculpture Symposium.

Light lunch with local specialties will be served in the Carrara Refuge.

From € 75,00 per person. Based on 6 participants.

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

Inclusions

  • Private tour
  • Minimum #1 maximum #15 participants. If you have a bigger party we will arrange for you a bespoke program.
  • Full day English speaking environmental tour guide.
  • Light lunch with cheese, cold cuts, vegetable pies.

Exclusions

  • Car/coach transfer to Campocecina
  • A full meal in a restaurant
  • Other extras not listed above
  • Tips (optional).

Tour details

  • Meeting point: Campocecina by the parking. Another meeting point can be fixed on request.
  • Duration: 6/7 hours. Including photostops, time to have a snack, visiting the sites on the way and the car/bus transfer round trip.
  • Activity Level: Hiking (E): the itinerary does not present particular technical difficulties. The hiking involves the walking up to 3 hours through uneven terrain, across fields, along coastal trails with little elevation gain/loss and some steps; altitude is not a factor.
  • Elevation gain approx 200 m.
  • The tour runs with rain or shine, but in case of weather alert the tour can be modified or canceled.
  • Mandatory clothing: comfortable clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, backpack with water, hiking boots/shoes.

 

Feel always free to require more customization of the itinerary in length, duration and challenge.