HIGHLIGHTS OF THE Carrara Marble Tour
1. A Journey off the beaten tracks: the World of Carrara Marble Quarries
2. Discover How Hard and Difficult it was The Old Excavation System
3. Visit of Colonnata: the Marble Village famous for its ‘Lardo’ IGP
Come to discover with us from where Michelangelo used to choose and take the whitest marble for his masterpieces.
Admire a lot of skilled 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 peace of marble can became a piece of art. At the end we can’t miss a visit of the tiny village of Colonnata, perched on the very top of the marble mountains, famous for the tasty cold cult “Lardo di Colonnata” one of most famous Tuscany’s food specialities.
Through this experience you’ll have the 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 through 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.
DETAILS OF THE TOUR:
Dates & Times: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (9:30 am – 2:00 pm)
Season: April – October
Weather: This tour runs rain or shine
The Price Includes: tour guide, transport and entrance fee for the Marble caves, cold cuts tasting – Lardo IGP.
Meeting Point: Central location in Lucca. More details will be provided after booking.
THINGS TO NOTE:
** Bookings made 72 hours before the tour are considered valid only if re-confirmed and authorized.
* In the low season (from 1st of November till 31st of March) this tour runs as private by minivan. Request for availability and prices.