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Marble quarries in the Colonnata valley and Carrara old town

By: umberto On: 20 March 2019 In: Coaches exceeding mt. 12,50, Coaches up to mt. 12,50 Comments: 0

Tourist guides, guided visits of the Colonnata marble valley, guided walking tour of Carrara old town. Itinerary accessible by coach of all sizes.

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Highlights

  • English-speaking local licensed guide.
  • Visit of the Roman Quarry, archaeological and panoramic site.
  • Explanation of both ancient and modern method of marble excavation.
  • Guided walk of Carrara old town and its amazing marble monuments.
  • Free time for the eventual visit to marble souvenir shops.

Tour Details

  • Tour available all year round.
  • Accessible to buses of all sizes.
  • Meet the tour guide at Carrara highway exit.
  • Duration approx. 3,5 hrs
  • Activity level: easy. You walk a little and on the plain.
  • Bus ticket € 50,00 if you hire a local guide, have a restaurant reservation or visit a local museum. Tour guide rates
  • Stay for lunch in Carrara old town or by the sea.
  • Visit an open cast quarry. Entrance ticket € 6,00pp
  • Visit a marble workshop and watch the marble artisans at work.
  • Join a sculpture lesson: a piece of marble, hammer, chisel, an authentic craftsman sculptor, and your good will. At the end of the 3 hours you will have created your small Carrara marble work of art.
  • Have hiking experience or a bike tour on the marble mountains.
  • Visit one of the amazing places in the surroundings, Cinque Terre, Portofino, Florence and Tuscany.
  • Organizzazione tecnica di V&D Viaggi e Dintorni – Carrara

Guided walking tour discovering the marble mines and visit the Carrara town center recently included in the UNESCO list for the Creative cities for marble crafts.

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.

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.