carrara marble tour for architects and designers

Carrara marble quarries for architects and interior designers

By: umberto On: 15 January 2017 In: Marble quarries for individuals Comments: 0

Guided minivan tour for individuals to the Carrara marble quarries and to the marble workshops.

marble artisans at work making a marble mosaic
carrara marble mines, Vara bridges
quarry museum, hand-saw to cut marble blocks
marble face of an open cast quarry
marble staircase of a private house
carrara marble caves
marble floor mosaic
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  • English speaking driver-guide adhering to the Travel Safely Project.
  • Private transportation.
  • Ride up to (almost) 1000 m. altitude and to watch the working opencast marble quarries.
  • In-depth information about 2000 years of excavation and transportation of Carrara marble in the quarry museum.
  • Visit the workshops where floors, inlay works, kitchen counters, table tops, sinks, tubs are made.

Tour Details

  • Tour available all year round. Since the itinerary partly involves working areas, could be subjected to modifications according to the working conditions of the visited venues. On Sundays and holidays, the itinerary could be modified.
  • Private tour with English speaking driver-guide, I do not arrange shared tours.
  • Transportation with 7 or 8 seater minivan. I opted for a minivan after having a Land Rover. The 4×4 is more adventurous but the minivan guarantees more comfort, more legroom, wider windows, air conditioning and opportunity of pick up at your hotel. Anyway, on request, I can arrange a 4×4 ride.
  • Meeting place: Carrara train station or highway exit. On request pick-up/Drop-off service can be arranged from your accommodation.
  • Duration Half Day approx. 3 hrs – Full Day approx 6 hrs.
  • Activity Level, moderate (easy pace, walk for short distances in a flat).
  • Suitable for individuals and small groups. Bigger groups please contact me for a custom quotation.
  • Half Day Prices for 2,5 hrs service VAT included.
    1/4 people € 180
    5/8 people € 220
    4X4 tour quotation on request.
    Eventual visit of the underground quarry € 10,00 pp
    Families 10% discount
    Full Day Tours, on request quotation.
  • If you are a large group traveling by coach, we are able to organize tailored itineraires including even lunch and other services. In this case the technical organization and billing will be carried out by V&D Viaggi & Dintorni travel agency.
  • Stay for lunch in Colonnata (home of the famus Lardo), in Carrara or by the sea.
  • 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.
  • Visit a sculpture workshop to watch the marble artisan at work.
  • 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 visits of the marble caves and the manufacturing workshops.

Private excursion to the Carrara marble mines and to the craftsmen studios where are made floors, table tops, kitchen counters, tubs, sinks, and all the products that made Carrara worldwide famous.


Carrara is the world’s most important place for excavation and manufacturing of marble. This is a sample itinerary that can highly customize according to your special interests or for watching from where comes a certain type of marble, in order to combine the Carrara marble tour and your major business interest.

Meet the driver guide and depart to the marble caves area, journey along mountains roads through the marble valleys and enjoy those unique scenarios from almost 1000 mt. altitude (approx. 3000 ft).

Visit an open cast marble quarry (open pit marble quarry), from a safe spot (approx 20 mt. far from the operations) see the Quarrymen at work in order to learn more about the modern methods of excavation.

Dedicate the rest of the time to visiting some of the best studios where the tradition in marble manufacturing is carried on from generation to generation for making works like flooring, staircases, tubs, kitchen counters, inlay works that are admired and worldwide appreciated.