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Guided visits of Carrara marble caves for groups traveling with a coach maximum m. 12,50 long.

Expert lead excursions discovering the marble civilization: Carrara marble quarries, the town center, the sculpture ateliers, 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 a 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 equal or less than 12,50 m.  choose freely one of the itineraries below. Otherwise, move to the page for bigger coaches. 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 € 30,00 for the whole group.

Duration: half day (3 hrs) - Full day ( 8 hrs).Cave di marmo di Carrara veduta panoramica

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 coach max 8,00 meters long.

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

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 7 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 are guaranteed by V&D Viaggi & Dintorni travel agency.

 

Half day itineraries (3 hrs)

 

1) Marble quarries classic itinerary (Miseglia valley a.k.a. Fantiscritti).

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.Carrara, cava di marmo in galleriaBancata di marmo

Arrival at Fantiscritti and leave the coach in the parking lot, then proceed to visit a private open-air exhibition of tools and equipment (entrance at free offer) really helpful to understand the history of marble excavation and transportation throughout the centuries, since the Romans until now.

Free time for visiting the marble souvenirs shops follows.

*** Opportunity to upgrade the itinerary with:

Guided visit inside the underground quarry, an outstanding marble mine situated right in the heart of the mountain, simply unbelievable. Admission fee.

4x4 excursion as far as 1000 meters altitude, travel on Land Rover along a dirty mountain road. Some thrill and unique views! Admission fee.

Guided visit to Carrara historical center OR a workshop of sculpture.

Free time for visiting the marble souvenir shops follows.

 

 

 

2) Marble quarries and Carrara town center (Miseglia valley a.k.a. Fantiscritti)

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.Carrara, Duomo del XI-XIV secolo

Arrival at Fantiscritti and leave the coach in the parking lot, then proceed to visit a private open-air exhibition of tools and equipment (entrance at free offer) really helpful to understand the history of marble excavation and transportation throughout the centuries, since the Romans until now.

Free time for visiting the marble souvenir shops follows.

At the end depart to Carrara town center, the marble built town. The guided walk takes place through the medieval Carrara (Malaspina castle, Duomo), the Renaissance Carrara (Alberica square) up to the nineteenth century Carrara.

*** Opportunity to upgrade the itinerary by:

  1. Visiting 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.
  3. Organizing a snack or light lunch inside the "underground quarry"

 

 

 

3) Carrara marble quarries and sculpture atelier. (Miseglia valley a.k.a. Fantiscritti).

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.Carrara, studio di scultura, artista al lavoro.

Arrival at Fantiscritti and leave the coach in the parking lot, then proceed to visit a private open-air exhibition of tools and equipment (entrance at free offer) really helpful to understand the history of marble excavation and transportation throughout the centuries, since the Romans until now.

Free time for visiting the marble souvenir shops follows.

Depart by coach to one of the several workshops of sculpture where, watching the sculptors at work, learn 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 the famous "underground quarry", unique experience. Admission fee.
  2. Organizing a snack or light lunch inside the "underground quarry"
  3. Riding a Land Rover to the top of the marble mountains. A touch of thrill and breathtaking views.
  4. 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.
  • Have a 3 hrs sculpting class in a marble workshop. The master teaches you how to make your own marble work with hammer and chisel.
  • Guided walk of other charming towns in the vicinity of Carrara: Sarzana, Pontremoli, Pietrasanta, Lucca, La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere.
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