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Carrara marble quarries fantiscritti valley
By: umberto On: 20 March 2019 In: Coaches up to mt. 12,50 Comments: 0

Guided visits of Carrara marble caves for groups traveling by bus, discover the amazing quarries and explore the Carrara town center. 

Programme

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”

 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 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.