Marble Caves of Carrara
Marble Caves of Carrara
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Famous for their white marble, these caves in the Apua Mountains serve as studios of stone sculpting and bronze art, where famous artists and sculptors from all over the world come to work.
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Ania
Poznan, Poland583 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It was bizzare feeling getting there. We had enjoying our trip in Land Rover with Mr Big (funny and crazy). On the other hand looking at the mountains that are so broken is rather sad. Maybe it's good to go there and see how is damage is a human for nature...
Written March 22, 2020
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Robin R
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Jul 2018 • Couples
My brother and I have worked in the mining industry for over 30 years in the US and take it from us if you use Marco for your private guide you won’t be disappointed. As a quarrymen himself and from a long family line of quarry owners and quarrymen he knows his stuff. He takes you to both surface and underground works. Explains both history of marble mining and modern methods. From his small family owed marble quarry to large underground works to a 4X4 low lock 3000ft climb to the top of the mountain cut and spectacular views! Marco is a private tour operator, will pick you up and deliver you back to Carrara. One of the best tours we have ever taken.
Written July 17, 2018
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NoSpin
Weston, MA400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Unfortunately we did not book a tour, but drove through all the roads and tunnels. There are few places where you can stop to take photos and buy souvenirs and refreshments. Also with toilette.

Caution, driving these roads are not for the faint of heart. There are no guardrails anywhere. Only when you go through these rough hewn tunnels will you be safe from that, but even the tunnels are scarey.

Two tips, remember you are going to a place where they gave been creating marble dust for more than 2000 years. Firstly wear shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. Secondly if you take your car, when you leave to get back on the Autostrada, there is a car wash (self and full serve) at the end of Viale 20 Septembre on the left just before the rotary. You're going to need it!
Written May 14, 2016
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Traveler
Puerto Rico558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great views. You will get impressed when you see the huge trucks getting their way up or doen the hill in a very stretch road. Only one of this hige trucks can transit in the dirt road a time. There are a some stores to bring home a pice of Italy. A lot of marble pieces at an affordable prices. Also a couple of trattorias in the area. Lardo sandwiches can be delicious but very heavy since lardo is only cured Pork fat try them but not get hooked up or you will feel the consequences. Is a must do visit dont miss this amazing place. Awsome views for perfect pictures.
Written November 25, 2014
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Lisetteki
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I thought I had seen it all but this is something else
This is the quarry where Michelangelo chose his marble.
It is the major marble supplier in the world.
No wonder it is called white gold. The views are spectacular and it is not for the fair of heart as you will travel up to 45 degree steep angle roads to get there. You must do a tour. ( I suggest the 4x4) cavedimarmortours. The tunnels ( old railroad tunnel ) and the caves are something else ! I didn't think I would enjoy it the way I did but it was absolutely spectacular. If you are anywhere near by in Florence Pisa or cinque terre make the trip it is worth it
Written August 19, 2014
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Teddy Carraro
Tenerife, Spain73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
The first time you see the mountains above Carrara, it takes your breath away. The white "wounds" where the marble has been cut away, are bigger than life. The courage of the workers, driving their big trucks up nearly vertical slopes, the landslides of marble chips thrown down the mountain. It's all too exciting. To think that Michelangelo took his marble from these quarries with ox-drawn carts, and even had to have a bridge built over a gorge, in order to get his marble down to sea level, just amazes everybody. Take your camera.
Written May 16, 2017
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regina v
Vught, The Netherlands12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
This is definitely a must go if you are staying in the area. We stayed in Lucca and it took us only 50 minutes by car. Follow in carrara the signs to the marble caves ( not to be missed, they are everywhere). Then drive up and when you're almost there follow the signs Franscitti.. There is the option of a bustour that takes you in the caves or a 4x4 tour that brings you over a spectaculair road to the top. This is also the road that the trucks use to transport the marble. At several points they stop to explain in English or Italian,how they cut the marble etc. Whole tour takes about 50 minutes. The entrance for the booking is at the small restauarant, opposite a souvenir shop.
Written August 24, 2015
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Michael P
Ottawa, Canada231 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Couples
We drove through Tuscany and decided to make a half day stop at Carrara and Messa. Called Heike from http://www.cavedimarmotours.com/en/ and received a beautiful tour of the marble mountains with nice commentary in an intimate setting. Saw some mass tourist type of tours along the way and glad we found Heike.
Written August 9, 2015
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Suvieve
Voorschoten, The Netherlands311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Impressive and unbelievable!!!!
It up in the mountains and access is easy via the city Carrara.
You choose if you want to visit a cave or just outside in the mountains by 4x4.
We decided on the cave whereby you are driven in a 4x4 through a 600m long tunnel(formerly a train tunnel). Once you are inside you are greeted by this mass beauty of Marble in Columns....
The visit takes upto an hour and the temperature inside the caves is 16C right thorough the year.
It is no wonder why price of Marble is astronomical!!!
Written August 30, 2013
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eblebebe
California18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Friends
I visited Carrara as part of a 2-week trip to Italy with a friend. It had not been a priority for me, but my friend really wanted to go so...What a great surprise! We arranged in advance, and somewhat blindly, to meet with guide Nicola Musetti for a guided tour. It was well worth it! We toured one of the underground quarries (most are on the surface.) It was beautiful but eerie - and sometimes a little scary. The sound of a many-ton block of marble being separated from the mountain sounds very much like a large earthquake or avalanche - unsettling to say the least. We also toured a "workshop" where artists select and work their marble. We saw several works in progress and finished pieces. Nicola was a wonderful guide. His family has a long history in the marble business and he is clearly proud of this heritage and his community. His passion for the place and the art was infectious.
Written October 1, 2011
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