Come to discover with us from where Michelangelo use to take the whitest marble for his masterpieces.
Admire a lot of skill workers climbing the marble caves. We’ll visit one of the most famous caves in the heart of the marble mountain and learn how exactly it is quarried.
Our expert guide will explain you how a rough piece of marble can became a piece of ART. At the end we'll visit the tiny ancient village of Colonnata, perched on the top of the white mointains, famous for the tasty coldcut: "Lardo di Colonnata".
During the Marble Experience you'll have a chance to visit an open air Marble Museum and discover the specific tools that were used to extract the Marble and work it.
You will learn more about this traditional craft, which is only taught from father to son, and just the families settled in that specific village. You can admire the reproduction of the wooden houses that were inhabited by the marble workers and the different kinds of marble from Carrara and from all over the world.
Our tour will follow with the visit of one of the most famous caves of all, deep down in the heart of the mountain. You will see exactly where Michelangelo used to come and choose the blocks of marble for his works of art. With us you will learn more about the complex process of the extraction of the marble and about the use of the diamond ropes.
The last stop of our tour will be in the small village of Colonnata, worldwide famous for its delicious and special cold cut, the lard. You will discover how the 'Lardo di Colonnata' is cured and how it is seasoned in order to became the product that all Italians love to taste with a slice of toasted bread. We will walk in Colonnata village and end the tour with a special tasting of the "Lardo IGP". There are nice local souvenirs shops where you can buy some souvenirs of marble too.
Dates & Times: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (9'00 am – 2'30 pm)
Season: April to October
Weather: This tour runs rain or shine
The Price Includes: tour guide, transport and entrance fee for the Marble caves, colcuts tasting - Lardo IGP.
Meeting Point: Central location in Montecatini. More details will be provided after booking
* In the low season (from 1st of November till 31st of March) this tour runs as private by minivan. Request for availability and prices.