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Carrara marble quarrieis and workshop of sculpture

Marble quarries in the Colonnata valley and workshop of sculpture

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 quarries, and of a marble workshop. Route accessible to all sizes of coaches.

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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.
  • Visit a workshop of sculpture in order to see the marble artisans at work.
  • 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 Colonnata (home of the famus Lardo), in Carrara or by the sea.
  • Visit Carrara old town center, rich of history and white marbles!!!
  • Visit an open cast marble quarry. Entrance ticket € 6,00pp
  • 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 visit, tourist guide to discover the Carrara marble mines and watch the artisans at work in the sculpture workshops.

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.

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.

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