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Carrara marble quarries from the seaside
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 that don’t have plenty of time and wish to know more about the history of excavation and transportation of marble.

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.

quarry museum fantiscritti

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.

4×4 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.

 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.