Known worldwide as the world capital of marble. It’s the city of the extraction and processing of its famous marble, a precious white marble that comes directly from the Carrara quarries set in the nearby Apuan Alps.
To those who visit Carrara we undoubtedly recommend a tour to the Quarries to understand from where the famous white gold comes from. The journey to the quarries is also exciting. With the jeep you will begin to climb the slopes and you will be able to observe a spectacular scenario: the vegetation that gives way to man’s work. For millennia, man has shaped the top of the mountains in order to export the marble served for the most famous works of art in the world everywhere.
Once the charm arrives, it reaches its peak when you enter the quarries, inside the mountain. These scenarios are difficult to imagine and then to forget.
To understand the history of the quarrymen and the effort they have always made to get and work on the slopes, we offer a visit to the Fantiscritti Quarry Museum. This quarry is known all over the world for being the one that delivered very white marble to Antonio Canova and Michelangelo Buonarroti. Immortal works have been carved with this marble.
Another peculiarity of the area are the numerous lard shops of Colonnata, a small village on the mountain near Carrara.
Here lard has always been produced with great skill and centuries-old tradition. So do not miss a tasting of this typical product in one of the many shops that meet in Piazza Palestro. Carrara has a double aspect, it belongs to both the sea and the mountains, you can understand it immediately by visiting it. In fact, from Carrara you can choose to spend a few hours in the greenery of the nearby Apuan Alps or to move along the coast. For seaside tourism we move to Marina di Carrara, a holiday resort made elegant by the numerous liberty villas a few steps from the sea.