From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

4.8 / 5

61 reviews

Activity provider: Arbaspaa Tour Organizer

From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

Activity provider: Arbaspaa Tour Organizer

From US$ 84.70 per person

Discover the impressive marble caves where Michelangelo sourced his marble on this jeep tour and then taste the famous Lardo di Colonnata, the most important product of the cavers’ diet.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, French
Pickup included
If you arrive by train, the guide will pick you up in front of Carrara-Avenza railway station If you arrive by car, the guide will pick you up in Piazza Vittorio Veneto 8, at the entrance of Stadio dei Marmi
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Marvel at the magnificence of the world-famous marble caves of Carrara
  • Learn how the extraction techniques have changed from the Roman era to today
  • Discover the impact that Carrara marble has had on art and culture
  • Taste the Lardo di Colonnata, a unique feature of the Carraran cavers' diet
  • Drive in style to the impressive heights where the marble caves are located
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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.

  • Tour guide/driver
  • Visit to the marble caves
  • Snacks with local specialities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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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.

September 29, 2022

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!!!

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September 27, 2022

The door was great. Friendly companion who knows the place and terrain and who seems to know the whole area. The miners too. This is perfectly fine for general exploration of the Carrara mining site. It is overwhelming to see the dimensions and hardness of this trade with your own eyes and to let it affect you. Those looking for a good photo gallery will probably be disappointed as stops are not possible everywhere for safety reasons. But you get to maxing out insane panorama pictures. As I said, the purists will choose to climb on foot and will be rewarded for every step. Mountain lovers will definitely add a trip across the entire mountain range to this excursion. Since marble quarrying in Carrara is so steeped in history, a visit to the Carrara Cathedral should not be missed from this door, as well as a visit to the house where Michelangelo was a guest. But overall my personal grade is 5. Special thanks to you Paolo!!!

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September 8, 2022

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