Things to do in
Carrara

Our most recommended things to do in Carrara

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 marble - the white gold of the Apuans

3. Carrara marble - the white gold of the Apuans

An expedition in the footsteps of Michelangelo. Directly from the La Spezia Cruise Terminal (or from a previously agreed location) we drive to Carrara, 20 minutes away. Here we begin our journey up the white marble-dust covered serpentine roads into the mountains off the Iigurian-tuscan coast. Experience an unforgettable excursion into the marble heart of the Apuan Alps. Let yourself be carried away into a fascinating world for 6-7 hours. Explore an Italy as you have never seen it before: In a practical car (often an off-road Fiat Panda), we follow old transport roads high up into the mountains, past a sculptor's workshop and through archaic, mysterious transport tunnels. We reach the mighty "Cathedral of white Marble", a majestic quarry in the middle of the mountain, which we visit with a guided tour. After a 5-minute drive, we then reach the mountain village of Colonnata. It is famous for its lardo, the spicy bacon matured in marble troughs, invented by the slaves in ancient Rome. The now world-famous delicacy helped the "cavatori" to get enough energy during their hard work on the stone. In the next stop, we visit one of the oldest quarries high up on the mountain. On this archaeological site, you will learn how the Romans once brought marble to Rome and enjoy a fantastic view all the way to the sea. On the tour is the possibility to taste regional specialities or have lunch. (The type of meal depends on the seasonal opening hours of the local providers). The tour ends in the lively Marina di Carrara, where you can enjoy the best ice cream in the area. Here you can admire the large square in front of the church, whose floor is entirely made of marble. From Marina di Carrara, we will take you back to the starting point. (Route changes are possible) Your host, Clemens, speaks German, English and Italian. He is a musician, composer and the son of a sculptor. In his childhood, he spent a lot of time in Carrara, because he accompanied his father in the selection and purchase of the famous and snow-white "Marmo Statuario". Clemens accompanies the tour with his music and knows a lot about the precious stones. About CARRARA: Just beyond the Tuscan-Ligurian coast, the fantastic backdrop of mountains rising to over 1900 m opens up. The tour leads into the interior of the marble quarries with their over 2000-year history. It is a journey into another, traditional and fabulous world of a precious and world-famous rock: Carrara marble. The material from which monumental columns and the noblest works of art are made. Here, history and the present, nature and technology, ancient craftsmanship and ingenious art are mixed. The tour shows not only quarries, but the beauty of a region, its people and its cuisine. A region that has always achieved its prosperity from the export of white gold and its cordiality from the hard work on the stone.

Carrara Marble Tour by shuttle from Lucca, Pisa or La Spezia

4. Carrara Marble Tour by shuttle from Lucca, Pisa or La Spezia

The only Carrara marble tour that allows you to get in a real cave. Nice to meet you! We are drivers and tour leaders... we would like to show you an hidden gem of Tuscany! I will pick you up with my professional van from the area of Lucca or Pisa and I will bring you up on the mountain of Carrara. We will reach the cave and we will jump in a 4x4 Jeep that can drive us inside. A professional tour guide will explain you everything about the story of this legendary place: not only how they work and they extract the marble, but also how they are producing a special wine or how to recognize a real Carrara marble from a fake one. At the end of tour, we will get out from the cave and I will drive you up in the little village of Colonnata: a very small and authentic place famous for a very tasty kind of salami... "lardo di colonnata" ! I can bring you in the best food shop to buy a piece of lard or try to book a local restaurant for a tasting! A tour off the beaten path :)

Carrara white marble quarries tour, 4X4 experience

5. Carrara white marble quarries tour, 4X4 experience

Pick up service from Carrara or from nearby areas. We will approach the quarry n° 177 in Colonnata by four wheel drive and from there on, take a walking tour to visit one the oldest quarries still in progress. Between acient roman columns and antique manufacturings we will talk about excavation and processing techniques over the past centuries; while walking inside the extractive heart of the quarry you will able to observe the daily used machineries and analyze the different marble themes, its extraction and transportation, its origin, its trade and other curiosities. The tour will continue by four wheel drive through the old marble railroad that will lead us to the famous bridges of Vara for a stop and a taste of the lardo of Colonnata and it will go on until we reach one of the highest quarries of the area through a partly paved, partly dirt road, to enjoy the breathtaking view from the quarries to the sea. RECOMMENDED hiking shoes or sport shoes/sneakers Sun glasses

Carrara Marble Quarries Day Tour

6. Carrara Marble Quarries Day Tour

The tour begins in the stunning Apuan Alps, home to one of the most precious building materials in the world - the Marble of Carrara. Since the time of the ancient Romans, this beautiful white marble has been extracted and utlised for artworks all over the world, including Michaelangelo’s masterpiece David (which can be seen in the Accademia Gallery in Florence). With a friendly, local driver/guide you will have the opportunity to visit one of the many quarries of the Tuscan region and witness how marble extraction was accomplished in the past. This process - which often resulted in fatalities - helped shape the life of the local people still living in the area today. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see where Michaelangelo lived and chose the marble used in his works. Then, the tour moves onto Pietrasanta. This picturesque town on the Tuscan coast is not only known for its “ateliers” of sculptures but also as the town where Michaelangelo started a new extraction site in the local caves.

Tour alle Cave di Marmo in E-bike con degustazione di lardo

7. Tour alle Cave di Marmo in E-bike con degustazione di lardo

An opportunity to visit places that are normally not accessible, as well as a unique experience for those who have never seen a marble quarry up close. A tour which, climbing along the vineyards of the Candia Hills, will present us with an unexpected panorama overlooking the sea, and then descending along a short descent which will make us find ourselves in the square which leads to the famous Caves. Followed by a characteristic zigzag climb on the so-called "ravaneti", narrow, dirt roads made white by marble dust, the same ones that are traveled on working days by acrobatic drivers of trucks loaded with blocks of the precious material. We will climb up towards the town of Colonnata, where a stop will be a must to enjoy a delicious taste of its famous Lardo. After the well-deserved refreshment, we will descend towards the city of Carrara, so as to be able to cross it in its entirety and have a brief taste of its architectural beauty, and then return to the starting point. An experience that we would truly recommend to everyone!

Our most recommended things to do in Carrara

From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

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

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 marble - the white gold of the Apuans

Carrara marble - the white gold of the Apuans

An expedition in the footsteps of Michelangelo. Directly from the La Spezia Cruise Terminal (or from a previously agreed location) we drive to Carrara, 20 minutes away. Here we begin our journey up the white marble-dust covered serpentine roads into the mountains off the Iigurian-tuscan coast. Experience an unforgettable excursion into the marble heart of the Apuan Alps. Let yourself be carried away into a fascinating world for 6-7 hours. Explore an Italy as you have never seen it before: In a practical car (often an off-road Fiat Panda), we follow old transport roads high up into the mountains, past a sculptor's workshop and through archaic, mysterious transport tunnels. We reach the mighty "Cathedral of white Marble", a majestic quarry in the middle of the mountain, which we visit with a guided tour. After a 5-minute drive, we then reach the mountain village of Colonnata. It is famous for its lardo, the spicy bacon matured in marble troughs, invented by the slaves in ancient Rome. The now world-famous delicacy helped the "cavatori" to get enough energy during their hard work on the stone. In the next stop, we visit one of the oldest quarries high up on the mountain. On this archaeological site, you will learn how the Romans once brought marble to Rome and enjoy a fantastic view all the way to the sea. On the tour is the possibility to taste regional specialities or have lunch. (The type of meal depends on the seasonal opening hours of the local providers). The tour ends in the lively Marina di Carrara, where you can enjoy the best ice cream in the area. Here you can admire the large square in front of the church, whose floor is entirely made of marble. From Marina di Carrara, we will take you back to the starting point. (Route changes are possible) Your host, Clemens, speaks German, English and Italian. He is a musician, composer and the son of a sculptor. In his childhood, he spent a lot of time in Carrara, because he accompanied his father in the selection and purchase of the famous and snow-white "Marmo Statuario". Clemens accompanies the tour with his music and knows a lot about the precious stones. About CARRARA: Just beyond the Tuscan-Ligurian coast, the fantastic backdrop of mountains rising to over 1900 m opens up. The tour leads into the interior of the marble quarries with their over 2000-year history. It is a journey into another, traditional and fabulous world of a precious and world-famous rock: Carrara marble. The material from which monumental columns and the noblest works of art are made. Here, history and the present, nature and technology, ancient craftsmanship and ingenious art are mixed. The tour shows not only quarries, but the beauty of a region, its people and its cuisine. A region that has always achieved its prosperity from the export of white gold and its cordiality from the hard work on the stone.

Carrara Marble Tour by shuttle from Lucca, Pisa or La Spezia

Carrara Marble Tour by shuttle from Lucca, Pisa or La Spezia

The only Carrara marble tour that allows you to get in a real cave. Nice to meet you! We are drivers and tour leaders... we would like to show you an hidden gem of Tuscany! I will pick you up with my professional van from the area of Lucca or Pisa and I will bring you up on the mountain of Carrara. We will reach the cave and we will jump in a 4x4 Jeep that can drive us inside. A professional tour guide will explain you everything about the story of this legendary place: not only how they work and they extract the marble, but also how they are producing a special wine or how to recognize a real Carrara marble from a fake one. At the end of tour, we will get out from the cave and I will drive you up in the little village of Colonnata: a very small and authentic place famous for a very tasty kind of salami... "lardo di colonnata" ! I can bring you in the best food shop to buy a piece of lard or try to book a local restaurant for a tasting! A tour off the beaten path :)

Carrara white marble quarries tour, 4X4 experience

Carrara white marble quarries tour, 4X4 experience

Pick up service from Carrara or from nearby areas. We will approach the quarry n° 177 in Colonnata by four wheel drive and from there on, take a walking tour to visit one the oldest quarries still in progress. Between acient roman columns and antique manufacturings we will talk about excavation and processing techniques over the past centuries; while walking inside the extractive heart of the quarry you will able to observe the daily used machineries and analyze the different marble themes, its extraction and transportation, its origin, its trade and other curiosities. The tour will continue by four wheel drive through the old marble railroad that will lead us to the famous bridges of Vara for a stop and a taste of the lardo of Colonnata and it will go on until we reach one of the highest quarries of the area through a partly paved, partly dirt road, to enjoy the breathtaking view from the quarries to the sea. RECOMMENDED hiking shoes or sport shoes/sneakers Sun glasses

Carrara Marble Quarries Day Tour

Carrara Marble Quarries Day Tour

The tour begins in the stunning Apuan Alps, home to one of the most precious building materials in the world - the Marble of Carrara. Since the time of the ancient Romans, this beautiful white marble has been extracted and utlised for artworks all over the world, including Michaelangelo’s masterpiece David (which can be seen in the Accademia Gallery in Florence). With a friendly, local driver/guide you will have the opportunity to visit one of the many quarries of the Tuscan region and witness how marble extraction was accomplished in the past. This process - which often resulted in fatalities - helped shape the life of the local people still living in the area today. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see where Michaelangelo lived and chose the marble used in his works. Then, the tour moves onto Pietrasanta. This picturesque town on the Tuscan coast is not only known for its “ateliers” of sculptures but also as the town where Michaelangelo started a new extraction site in the local caves.

Tour alle Cave di Marmo in E-bike con degustazione di lardo

Tour alle Cave di Marmo in E-bike con degustazione di lardo

An opportunity to visit places that are normally not accessible, as well as a unique experience for those who have never seen a marble quarry up close. A tour which, climbing along the vineyards of the Candia Hills, will present us with an unexpected panorama overlooking the sea, and then descending along a short descent which will make us find ourselves in the square which leads to the famous Caves. Followed by a characteristic zigzag climb on the so-called "ravaneti", narrow, dirt roads made white by marble dust, the same ones that are traveled on working days by acrobatic drivers of trucks loaded with blocks of the precious material. We will climb up towards the town of Colonnata, where a stop will be a must to enjoy a delicious taste of its famous Lardo. After the well-deserved refreshment, we will descend towards the city of Carrara, so as to be able to cross it in its entirety and have a brief taste of its architectural beauty, and then return to the starting point. An experience that we would truly recommend to everyone!

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Overall rating

4.7
(101 reviews)

Great experience! Great knowledgeable guide. Delayed start because we were waiting for fellow participants who did not show up, even after 'Italien time'. So a private tour for us! Deep into the 'Michelangelo' mine, up the James Bond road to a great viewpoint at the top of the quarry and then unexpectedly to a very small shop where we could taste the local delicacy. This was not in the description. Guide (former marble quality inspector) spoke good English and took all the time for us and shared all his years of knowledge. Definitely recommended considering the price compared to other providers!

Excellent, Marco was able to show us the most significant aspects of being marble quarryers and took us inside the quarry previously managed by his family. Absolutely authentic experience

Amazing tour with great tour guide. Very interesting and definitely worth going.

Very interesting. The children (10, 8 and 5 years old) really liked it.

Manuela is a very friendly guide. Explanation in French. top