Your LivTours Private Carrara Marble Quarry Tour starts when you meet your expert guide in Carrara, a village in the Alps located in northern Tuscany. Your guide will meet you in a Land Rover as you experience the adventure of an uphill ride, take time to reflect on the gorgeous valley scenery below. We already know that true art is not for the faint of heart, but the rocky quarry roads drive that point home as you realize the enormous effort put into just getting the raw product. No wonder Michelangelo used a discarded piece of marble, albeit a big one, to carve The David!
A massive mountainous quarry, entirely made of the famous grey-veined Carrara marble leaves you awe-struck with the realization that this is the building material of the great Roman Empire. This is the raw material of more epic and older masterpieces that Michelangelo’s David such as Rome’s Pantheon, Trajan’s column, and countless more. These quarries have been in use since Roman times and nearly 2000 years of art, architecture, and sculpture, and now is your chance to partake in that rich history!
Your guide will tell you stories that run the gamut of ancient Romans all the way to Renaissance greats like Michelangelo and Baroque geniuses such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini. These are the artists who made Italy the classical art capital of the world and this is the marble that helped them achieve their goals!
VISIT AN ACTIVE MARBLE QUARRY | THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE
This Carrara Marble tour spares no expense when it comes to authenticity, as this is a functioning quarry you should expect to see crews digging deep into man-made caves for marble. Here you will learn about the contribution which Carrara marble has made not only to the world of art but also to the world of Italian oil. Your private guide will share with you the stories from this mountain filled with 19 miles of marble.
The 2,000-year-old story of Carrara marble is not only filled with romantic tales of legendary sculptures and landscape beauty but a laborious effort that goes into extracting marble from the quarries and the local feuds which have ruled this area for generations. Find out the inside scoop on who holds the fortunes to the Carrara mines, about their clientele from past and present!
The views alone from the Apuan Mountains, an Italian mountain range in northern Italy not to be confused with the similarly named Alps, down across Tuscany are worth a visit alone. The opposing visual forces of the active mining area behind you, with the beauty of nature is simply a spectacular view like no other.
Come join us for a day of adventure and make memories to last a lifetime!
Once your tour is over, your private tour guide will take you back to your meeting spot to finish off your ultimate Italian adventure.