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carrara marble quarries with coach longer that 12,50 meters

Guided walks of Carrara marble caves for groups traveling with a coach longer than 12,50 meters.

Local expert guide sightseeing to discover the marble mines and Carrara town center, the sculpture studios, Colonnata and its lardo (Slow Food Presidium).

 

 

General information

Available: all year round. The marble valleys are reachable by coach traveling on public roads. But, since this is still mostly a working area, remember that the itinerary could be modified or certain visits canceled due to the working situation or when weather alerts are running.

Kind of tour: guided with local licensed tour guide.

Suitable for: groups up to 50 participants. For larger groups This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a custom itinerary.

Transportation: with your own coach. If its length is exceeding 12,50 meters choose freely one of the itineraries described below. If you wanted to upgrade your tour, it's possible to organize a short excursion by 4x4.

Ticket bus: to be paid at the checkpoint, if you have a local guide on board the price is € 35,00 for the whole group.

Duration: half day (3 hrs) - Full day ( 8 hrs).carrara marble quarries

Activity level: moderate. Walking for short distances and in flat. In case the group wants to go to Colonnata the coach has to park down and people will walk for approx. 20 minutes uphill to reach the village. The village is reachable by mini-buses max 8,00 meters long.

Advised apparel: comfortable clothing, sneakers or hiking boots because sometimes the ground could be slightly muddy or dusty. In Summer hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are advised.

Meeting place: Carrara highway exit. On request the tour guide can meet the group at the hotel, in this case, there will be an extra charge.

Tour guide service rate (taxes included)

  • Half day (max 3 hrs) € 170
  • Full day (max 8 hrs) € 320
  • See here the general condition of the service.
  • On request, we are able to provide an all-inclusive price which comprises: tour guide service, lunch in restaurant, eventual entrance tickets to the quarries, museums and sculpture atelier, 4x4 tour. In this case, the organization and invoicing is guarantee by V&D Viaggi & Dintorni travel agency.

 

Half day itineraries (3 hrs)

 

1) Marble quarries full immersion (Colonnata valley).
open pit quarry seen from the distance

Meet the tour guide and depart to the world's largest marble quarries, during the journey to Colonnata valley your local guide provides relevant information about the history, the economy and the geology of the territory.

Once arrived visit an open cast quarry in order to learn more about both modern and ancient methods of marble excavation.

Afterward, experience a breathtaking and unique 4x4 tour. Reach the marble mountain top and see what's going on in the working caves. Admission fee.

At the end have a stopover at "La Piana" site, where to admire an interesting collection of tools, pictures and a scale model of a marble quarry.

Free time for visiting the marble souvenir shops follows.

 

 

 

2) Marble quarries and Carrara town center (Colonnata valley)

Meet the tour guide and depart to the world's largest marble quarries, during the journey your local guide provides relevant information about the history, the economy and the geology of the territory.The rose window of the Duomo

Arrival at the "cava Romana" (Roman quarry) archaeological site where your tour guide will explain how the ancient Romans were detaching marble blocks from the mountains. At the same time enjoy the panorama of working quarries surrounding the area.

Free time for visiting the marble souvenir shops follows.

Afterward, depart to Carrara town center, the white marble made town. The guided sightseeing includes the medieval area of Carrara with the Duomo and Malaspina castle, Alberica square (Renaissance side) and ends up in the modern Carrara.

*** Opportunity to upgrade the itinerary by:

  1. Visiting an open cast working quarry. Admission fee.
  2. Have a 4x4 experience by riding on the very top of the marble mountains. A touch of thrill and breathtaking views. Admission fee.

 

 

 

3) Carrara marble quarries and sculpture atelier. (Colonnata valley).

Meet the tour guide and depart to the world's largest marble quarries, during the journey your local guide provides relevant information about the history, the economy and the geology of the territory.marble sculpting class

Arrival at the "cava Romana" (Roman quarry) archaeological site where your tour guide will explain how the ancient Romans were detaching marble blocks from the mountains. At the same time enjoy the panorama of working quarries surrounding the area.

Free time for visiting the marble souvenir shops follows.

Depart by coach to one of the sculpture studios active in Carrara area. Here, watching the artists at work, know more about tools and methods still used for the making of marble works of art. Admission fee.

*** Opportunity to upgrade the itinerary by:

  1. Visiting an open cast marble quarry. Admission fee.
  2. Riding a Land Rover to the top of the marble mountains. A touch of thrill and breathtaking views.
  3. Having a sculpting class, suitable for groups up to (20/25 pax). In around 3 hrs, with the help of the sculptor, learn how to carve a piece of marble with hammer and chisel. Custom quotation.

 

 

 

4) Carrara marble quarries and village of Colonnata (Colonnata valley).

Meet the tour guide and depart to the world's largest marble quarries, during the journey your local guide provides relevant information about the history, the economy and the geology of the territory.Lardo di Colonnata

Arrival at the "Roman quarry", archaeological and panoramic site where your tour guide will explain the landscape of the marble quarries and will clarify how the traces left by the ancient Romans on the mountain must be interpreted.

Afterward depart to Colonnata, the coach parks at the foot of the village (only minibusses max 8 meters long can drive up) and the group will walk for approx 20 minutes uphill to reach Colonnata. This is the oldest quarrymen village where always breathe a unique atmosphere together with the smell of its Lardo (Slow Food Presidium). Time to visit the village and have a tasting of lardo.

If time remains, on the way back from Colonnata, stopover at "La Piana" where the guide will complete the explanation of the modern methods of excavation and transportation of marble with the help of tools, pictures, and a scale model.

Free time for visiting the marble souvenir shops follows.

*** Opportunity to upgrade the itinerary by:

  1. Visiting an open pit marble quarry. Admission fee.the famous "underground quarry", unique experience. Admission fee.
  2. Riding a Land Rover to the top of the marble mountains. A touch of thrill and breathtaking views. Admission fee.
  3. Have a richer tasting of lardo and other local foods in Colonnata. Custom quotation.

 

 

 

 If you decide to remain for the whole day in Carrara (as I hope), see here the options available:

  • Match together the half day itineraries described above: marble quarries, Colonnata, Carrara town center, sculpture studio.
  • Visit of marble workshops specialized in interior design, where floors, kitchen counters, table tops, etc etc are manufactured. Needs reservation and suitable for small groups only.
  • Guided walk of other charming towns in the vicinity of Carrara: Sarzana, Pontremoli, Pietrasanta, Lucca, La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere.
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