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From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

1. From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

On this guided tour, spend the day visiting the famous marble caves of Carrara. Marvel at some of the world's finest marble, from which Michelangelo once chose in order to sculpt his masterpieces. Get a taste of the cavers' traditional diet with a visit to a lard factory. Begin your tour by hopping into a stylish off-road vehicle to reach the marble caves. Your guide will drive you up to quarries up to 1,000 meters above sea level. There, learn about marble extraction techniques and how they have evolved since the Roman era. After seeing the quarry that Michelangelo selected for his marble sculptures and discovering the history of this renowned area, enjoy the unique taste of the cavers' cuisine with a visit to a lard factory. The renowned Lardo di Colonnata will round out your tour.

Colonnata: Carrara Marble Quarries Tour by Jeep

2. Colonnata: Carrara Marble Quarries Tour by Jeep

Look inside the vast white wounds that open up on the wild slopes of Carrara. Learn how the quarries have provided marble to towns and cities across Italy for more than 2,000 years.Hear about the history of the marble used to build the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Ancient Rome, along with many sculptures of the Renaissance. Drive to different active quarries of up to 1,000 meters above sea level. Get in touch with the people, places, and machinery of an ancient tradition. Follow the winding roads of the Colonnata Valley and get detailed explanations about the old and modern excavation process. Before visiting a unique underground quarry, take panoramic pictures of a terraced quarry in the Miseglia Valley. Stop to taste some Lardo di Colonnata IGP on the way back to the starting point. Enjoy this traditional charcuterie product obtained from pork fat and cured in marble bowls.

Carrara: Guided Tour of Mountain Marble Quarry with Aperitif

3. Carrara: Guided Tour of Mountain Marble Quarry with Aperitif

Go into the heart of Mount Torrione on a guided walking tour of the Marble Cathedral. Walk through the famous Marmifera railway, see the iconic Carrara marble, and marvel at the cellar of wine aging inside the mountain. Meet your guide outside the mountain and begin your underground adventure. Head into Mount Torrione, walking through the tunnel of the historic Marmifera railway. As you descend, feel the temperature drop and the outside world disappear. Explore the immense rooms of the Marble Cathedral, supported by looming columns composed of Carrara Marble. In the middle of the marble basin, stop to admire Michelangelo's favorite place to select marble for his famous statues. Walk past the imposing extraction machinery to reach the Maxi Mural reproduction of the "Creation of Adam." Stop at a cellar full of sparkling wine and learn how the wine inside the bottles ages in the characteristic pupitres (racks). As you walk, hear about the quarry's rich history, dating back to the Roman era, from a guide with personal ties to the quarrying industry. After your tour, enjoy a traditional aperitif, including crostini with lardo di colonnata (pork), charcuterie, vegetable pie, honey, vinegar, and local wine.

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based on 98 reviews

Me and my husband had booked the tour (as German-Swiss) in Italian. The guide picked us up on time, was very friendly and explained everything to us very competently in easy-to-understand language. (Unfortunately, we forgot to ask his name out of sheer amazement - so a big compliment to the stranger.) Unexpectedly, we were the only guests, which made the experience even more special for us. We visited a stone carver's studio, were led to a fantastic vantage point in a 4x4 Landrover over a steep dirt road and were also allowed to visit a cava in the mountain. The Lardo tasting also took place. Although I usually suffer from a fear of heights, I always felt absolutely safe and in good hands. Even if the tour is not cheap, the price is absolutely justified and worth every €. A great experience!!!

Amazing and very impressive discovery. Thanks to our guide Manuela, who speaks French very well and knows the quarries and their history perfectly (and also masters driving her 4x4 on sometimes dizzying roads), we were also able to see an artist at work in his studio. What happiness. Recommended without reservation.

Very nice experience, our guide and driver knew the quarries and their stories perfectly. We started with a visit to an absolutely amazing marble art workshop. We then go up to discover the 3 valleys of marble, impressive! To do without hesitation!

The experience of traveling up the mountain was fun. The views are excellent and what you will learn about the excavation process of marble is priceless. It's a must do. Try and get Paolo as your guide, he was fantastic.

An incredible site and a top guide who took great care to speak exclusively in French.