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- These fascinating quarries are where Michelangelo used to source his marble for his masterpieces in Florence and Rome. The caves offer two types of tours up and down the quarries in 4WD cars. Our tour (the longer one) takes you into the mountain to visit an underground mine. The roads getting up there for almost as good as the quarries themselves and the views were just stupendous.
It was à fascinating experience, and the guide was both friendly and informative.Written 22 July 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Fantastic experience to taste directly on site, in the very location where the world renown Lardo is produced.
We had a selection of “affettati”
amongst which a superb lardo literally melting on warm Sgabei (the Tuscan panzerotti as they are called there).
Coppa, guanciale, prosciutto.
Picturesque terrace overlooking the caves/mountains of the quarries.
Were lucky to find a close by parking spot and enjoyed our break after the tour of the Cave di Marmo.
Great stuff. We bought lots of lardo for us and for giftsWritten 4 August 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I was struck by the simplicity of the cathedral’s interior which provides space for worship and a small number of high-quality art treasures.Written 28 September 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Cava Museo Fantiscritti is a real quarry located in the surroundings of Carrara, a well-known city not so far from Pisa, in Italy. In this cave, you can do a guided visit and enter in the real quarry. Here you can learn a lot about the process of extraction of marble stones used to build statues or other artworks and buildings since Roman Period. Also, here you can see the real parts of the quarry with the machinery or the walls of marble inside the cave. Also there are some objects manufactured with marble as a little museum inside the cave. Very interesting for history and art-lovers.
Outside, there is a little free-air museum, where you can see some marble stone statues and a bit of history of the place. This last part is ok, not more, much better the quarry.
(See also Cava di Marmo al Coperto di Fantiscritti, Colonnata and Marble Caves of Carrara)Written 9 May 2020
- We ended up at this beach after nipping in to the beach house and asking them to change some money for us to use the parking machines on the main drag - but they told us about some free parking down a side road, so we dumped the car there and spent the day here, enjoying comfy, spacious loungers and the lovely folk who work at Asciutti. It was quiet when we visited in early June and they were happy to let us spread out and use two umbrellas, so plenty of shade/room to ourselves. Immaculate beach, fab cafe serving snacks and pasta (try the fried fish - house speciality!). We ended up spending beach days here - weren't interested in going anywhere else, as everyone's lovely, very friendly and remembered our preferences for whereabouts on the beach we liked! Mostly locals using this beach, so you know it's good... and only 15 euro a day for the pair of us (it's much pricier towards the centre of Forte dei Marmi where all those posh shops are!).
Can't wait to go back to visit everyone and lounge in the sun for a day or two ;-)Written 17 June 2016
- There is a fabulous marble career viewpoint located at 1300 meters height. Very beautiful mountain road leads there, but beware - it was pretty damaged and could be dangerous sometimes. The way to the camping area is to the left from the viewpoint's square. There are parking places and a small bar with tables outside. You can walk through the trees to another point with the great view onto the seaside.Written 24 June 2016
- A nice setting in an ancient city. A piazza in white marble with views of the white marble quarries just above.Written 16 April 2014
- The mountains around Massa and Carrara are spectacular! Interesting with the marble craters and history. The view from Monte Sagro of the region is just great. And Sargon as mountain is spectacular itself.Written 29 April 2023
- I like to come here with my family after dinner. It’s lively, especially on the weekends, with a nice view of the sea. It’s nice to relax on the rocks or walk along the path. Sometimes there are events here, like a dancing competition we stumbled on in 2017. There is a restaurant with a DJ. Lots of people of all ages and some nice dogs.Written 11 August 2019
- The Church of the Suffrage of Carrara dates back to the end of the 17th century and was remodeled in the 19th century in the current Baroque style.
The façade is simple but enriched with a large marble portal.
The church has a Latin cross and is surmounted by a dome covered with slate scales.
The interior is in Baroque style and full of marbles of various colors that create a dramatic effect.
The high altar is in polychrome marble and is located between two winged skulls. The altarpiece painted in oil.
The chruch was restored the late nineties of the 20th century.
Admission is free.Written 10 September 2018
- The marble mining in the Apuan Alps is a secular activity, and is the most characteristic one of the region. During the classical times it was Luni, the important Roman city, which gave its name to the marble coming from here: in modern times, Luni disappeared, Carrara took over: today the Apuan marble is known worldwide as "Carrara marble", even if the quarries are present on a wider territory than that of the Carrara municipality.
It's therefore to be expected that an institution such as the Marble Museum will be found in Carrara.
It's a museum featuring a strong ethnographic imprint: the mining techniques, the marble transport and commerce, the life of the quarry workers, the technological qualities of this stone, all is illustrated from a historical perspective. A series of videos (in the part closest to the entrance) draws your attention, and it is highly recommended to start with these footages, to better understand the facts narrated in the subsequent museum parts.
At the end of the visit, the traveler will have the feeling of having understood the essentials of this mining activity. He will also be aware of the fact that, following the age-old accumulation of know-how related to marble cutting, a real specialized technological district has been formed in the area: in the local workshops,other raw rocks' types come from abroad, which are processed to produce slabs, then re-embarked for the rest of the world.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a rich gallery of samples (many hundreds) of polished marble from all over the world; which I understand was even the first nucleus of the Museum
I would like to point out that the opening hours reported on the Museum website are incorrect: from Thursday to Sunday in the winter period, it doesn't close at 5 pm, but at 4 pm, and is open all day (without interruption for lunch time) . It isn't clear what prevents the website from being corected.Written 6 November 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Carrara
- The best day trips from Carrara according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Fully-Day Private Tour to Cinque Terre from Florence
- Pisa, Pietrasanta&Carrara Caves Shore Excursion from Livorno Port
- Private Day Trip to the Cinque Terre from Florence
- Carrara Marble Tour Small Group from Viareggio
- Carrara marble quarries Cinque Terre PRIVATE TOUR from FLORENCE
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