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.
Available: all year round and fully customizable.
Type of tour: private day excursion with driver-guide***. Exclusive sightseeing tour from the 5 Terre to Carrara marble quarries and Lucca/Pisa. This tour is suitable also as a transfer tour for those going to Florence and Tuscany, Venice, Rome.
Suitable for: individuals and small groups.
Transportation: A/C minivan with English speaking driver-guide.
Duration: 9 hrs.
Activity Level: easy (Walk on flat terrain for short distances).
Advised clothing: comfortable shoes and clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen.
Meeting place: pick up and drop off at La Spezia train station. In case the pick up is somewhere else, another schedule will be planned.
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”.
|Afterward move for lunch in Colonnata (a quarrymen village) or in Lucca, such a charming town!
Still surrounded by its ancient city walls, Lucca offers always a pleasant atmosphere, good eateries, important monuments to see and even good shopping opportunities.
Don’t miss to see: San Michele in Foro, St. Martin Cathedral, The Amphitheater square (picture), and much more…….
Other possible variants of the schedule
- Take it easy and remain in Carrara the whole day. Dedicate the morning to visiting the quarries, have a quarrymen meal in Colonnata, spend the afternoon to visit: Carrara, entirely built of its marble, a workshop of sculpture where artistic marble works are made, workshops where floors, table tops, kitchen counters are made.
- Shorten your time in Lucca and see the leaning tower of Pisa.
- Skip Pisa, and stay longer in Lucca to fully enjoy its beauties.