During the Carrara marble quarries learn about art and marble, while tasting some of the typical products of the Apuan Alps.
Carrara marble quarries tour
The history of white blocks of marble, the most famous of the world from the quarry to artistic productions. Firstly, we will enjoy a breathtaking guided tour of Fantiscritti quarries by Jeep 4×4. We will see the modern machinery in action and learn the mining methods dating back to Roman times.
Secondly, we will get to the village of Colonnata, where tasting the local Lardo and visit a Larderia with illustrations of the techniques of production and storage in the typical marble basins.
Later in the afternoon, we will stop in Pietrasanta, the world center of artistic working of marble and bronze, but also mosaics. We will experience the thrill of live creation activities in the art shops. We will then continue to discover the beauty of Pietrasanta from the Duomo, the cloisters of S. Augustine and enjoy some shopping around the boutiques of its historical centre.
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Carrara is rich in history, tradition and culture. A road of culture and art, which reaches up to the CAP Visual Arts Center, the new museum of contemporary art, housed in the former Convent of St. Francis, where an exhibition of the works acquired by the International Biennial of Sculpture in Carrara made between 1957 and 1973 by the Biennials of 2006 and 2010 and from the exhibition “Drawing the marble.” The nineteenth century Palazzo Binelli hosts the exhibition of fine plaster which make up the art collection of the Academy of Fine Arts. Carrara is also housing Michelangelo Buonarroti dwelling. In fact he stayed in Carrara several times between 1521 and 1525 while choosing marble pieces.
Pietrasanta was founded in 1255 upon the preexisting “Rocca di Sala” fortress of the Longobards by Luca Guiscardo da Pietrasanta. Thpugh it is a small town, Pietrasanta today is world famous for its art shops and galleries and is known as Little-Athens. Among the list of artists who have worked in Pietrasanta and settled their atelier to produce their art pieces: Fernando Botero, Igor Motoraj, Ivan Theimer, Hans Arp, Pietro Cascella, Salvador Dalì, Giacomo Manzù, Juan Mirò., Henry Moore, Costantino Nivola, Isamu Noguchi, Giò e Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giuliano Vangi, Kan Yasuda.Today some of these pieces and maquettes can still be visitable in the art shops scattered around Pietrasanta and in the Museum of Bozzetti.
DepartureViareggio/Pietrasanta and Lucca area
Return TimeApproximately 6.30PM
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
IncludedFull day Driving accompanying guide (car model: FIAT 500), Jeep 4x4 tour, visit to lardo workshop, visit to art shops i
DisclaimerThe Jeep tour is extremely safe, but people with extreme fear of heights shall be acknowledged. In case of bad weather conditions the jeep tour can be suspended.
Meet up your guide
Jeep tour in Carrara marble quarries
Tour and lunch in Colonnata
Pietrasanta art shops