CARRARA MARBLE QUARRIES ARE EASLY REACHABLE EVEN BY COACH
PEOPLE TRAVELING BY BUS ARE WARMLY WELCOME IN CARRARA!
The Carrara marble quarries and their territory are accessible even by tourist buses with large groups of travelers.
In order to reach the marble mines by bus, make sure to travel only on public roads and, according to the size of your bus, follow the suggested routes marked in the photo below.
The following itineraries permit enjoying unique scenarios, learn more about the history of excavation and transportation of marble, visit the sculpture workshops and Carrara old town center included by the UNESCO in the list of Creative Cities in Marble Crafts.
Here below you see the map of the marble valleys, in each one is indicated the length of the buses required for access.
By reading in detail our itinerary proposals, in each of them you will find the length of the bus required.
LIST OF ITINERARIES FEASIBLE WITH YOUR OWN COACH
CARRARA AND THE WORLD OF MARBLE
The ancient Romans discovered 2000 years ago the presence of this white and shiny stone in the mountains that today we call the Apuan Alps. Rome’s imperial capital was rebuilt using the white marbles that thousands of slaves dug, worked and transported from these mountains.
After centuries of interruption the industry of extraction and processing of Carrara marble resumed in the Middle Ages thanks to the rich cities of the time such as Genoa, Pisa, Lucca, Florence. Afterwards the Rome of the Popes increased the demands and in the following centuries first the great European kingdoms, then America, and today India and China are countries where Carrara marble is exported and processed.
Throughout the centuries, artists such as Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Donatello, Michelangelo, Bernini and with them generations of sculptors, architects, artisans used and keep on using the Carrara marbles to make statues, embellish churches, palaces and cities, making the Carrara marble the most famous in the world.
If you look closely, even in your city, there is something made of Carrara marble. If you find it, please send me a photo!
LIST AND GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOURS
- Carrara marble mines, tourist itinerary with guided tour of the Fantiscritti valley and sculpture workshop.
- Carrara marble quarries, tourist guides for itineraries in the Fantiscritti valley and visit to the historic center of Carrara.
- Carrara marble caves, tour with a tour guide in the Colonnata valley and visit to the sculpture workshop.
- Carrara marble mines, guided tours in the Colonnata valley and Carrara historic center.