By: Umberto On: 14 January 2016 In: Driver-Guide Comments: 0

Cruise shore excursion from La Spezia to Carrara marble quarries, and Lucca/Pisa.

Private cruise day trip available also from Portovenere to Carrara and its unique white marble, preferred by Michelangelo for his works.

Tour details

Available: all year round and fully customizable.

Type of tour: private tour with driver-guide. Visit the Michelangelo’s marble quarries and in the afternoon choose one between Pisa and Lucca.

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 cruise facility. In case the port of call is Portovenere another timing and meeting point will be planned.

Itinerary

This is an example of an itinerary, feel free to require further customization that better fits your wishes or needs.

Meet the driver-guide at the cruise facility 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, unbelievable 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 bring 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”.

Lucca

Afterward move for lunch 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

    1. Skip Pisa and Lucca and stay longer in the “marble world”. Visit Carrara, entirely built of its marble, Colonnata scenic quarrymen village, a workshop where floors, table tops, kitchen counters are made.
    2. Join a marble sculpting class, during which you will make your own marble work. Good idea for kids!
    3. Shorten your time in Lucca and see the leaning tower of Pisa.
    4. Skip Pisa, and stay longer in Lucca to fully enjoy its beauties.