A unique experience to get in touch with the most famous marble of the world .Together with your driver, in this Carrara marble tour you will go to the Apuane Mountains near the city of Carrara, where you can visit the only existing marble quarries in Italy.
Departing from your hotel in Florence , with your private english speaking driver you will arrive in Carrara in about 1.5 hour
You will be picked up by 4×4 jeep from the parking lot in Fantiscritti, our trip will guide you through a steep marble road connecting a net of 30 open-air active quarries, heading for Quarry n. 83 Canalgrande Alto, at an altitude of almost 1.000 at an altitude of almost 1.000 m above the sea level. Here, you will be plunged into a scenery of unparalleled beauty, dominated by the brightness of the “white gold” that crops out everywhere around you. Inside the quarrying site, our tour guide will give you very detailed information about both ancient and modern methods of excavation, explaining all their stages of evolution in direct contact with the quarrymen, who execute the cut of the quarry bench and load the marble blocks on top of the trucks right in front of your eyes. From our mountains you will also enjoy a breathtaking view over the entireApuan-Versilian coastline, the Ligurian sea, Portovenere, the picturesque Cinque Terre villages and the Gulf of La Spezia.
Coming out from the mountain you will experience on the way a stop the wonderful village of Colonnata, built by the quarry workers around the 40 B.C. The village is famous for the Lardo di Colonnata IGP , aged in a big marble case, and often served as an appetizer in local restaurants.
You will enjoy a visit to a” larderia”, the place where the lardo is produced, and a tasting of the lardo IGP of Colonnata.
You will continue the day with a stop to the charming town of Pietrasanta, is one of Italy’s most famous towns for the production of marble sculpture.
Pietrasanta has served as a sanctuary for international sculptors and artists for six centuries and it was here, in the lofty quarters of the city’s palazzi, that Michelangelo, Henry Moore, and, more recently, Fernando Botero chose to set up their residence, in part due to the town’s proximity to the marble quarries of Carrara. Nowadays many contemporary artists still live and operate in this town.
Following a break for lunch (optional) in Pietrasanta,the last stop of this full day-trip is Lucca’s charming historic center. Discover this picturesque city with it still intact walls and Renaissance architecture at your own pace. We suggest you head to Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, where the gladiators fought during the Roman Empire and visit the Lucca Cathedral.
The guided tours is optional , you may like to have a licenced local guide to enjoy an in-depth visit of this beautiful city famous for its sturdy walls that still encircle the town and its Romanesque architecture.
You’ll get back to Florence in the evening.
|MEETING POINT : at your hotel lobby in florence|
|DURATION : 10 hours|
£ 540 TOTAL PRICE BASED ON 2 PARTICIPANTS
£ 70 EACH ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANT
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
The vehicle will escort you for the entire tour.