Day trip from the Cinque Terre to Carrara marble quarries, and Lucca/Pisa.
Private tour to the marble quarries of Carrara with personal English speaking driver.
Itinerary to the marble quarries of Carrara.
This is a sample itinerary, feel free to require further customization that better fits your wishes or needs.
Meet the driver-guide at La Spezia train station and depart to Carrara to visit the largest marble quarries in the world.
The ancient Romans started 2000 years ago, later, artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini, Canova and many others, loved to use the Carrara marble for their works of art. Today quarrymen challenge every day “Mother Nature” in order to excavate from these steep and abrupt slopes such a unique stone, white and shining, still renowned all over the world.
The tour starts with the visit of a working quarry where, in the bright of imposing marble walls, you will learn more about ancient and modern techniques used for the excavation and transportation of marble. You will see (in work days) quarrymen cutting a “bancata”of marble, moving huge blocks and upload them on trucks. Then visit the amazing, breathtaking tunnel quarry where marble is excavated underground right in the hearth of the mountain.
The tour proceeds with the visit of a workshop of sculpture brings you back to Michelangelo’s time. By looking at sculptors at work, you will know more of the techniques used the making of a statue, or better “to free from marble the figure still imprisoned inside the block”.