Don’t miss this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Michaelangelo on a day tour to the marble quarries of Carrara. Learn about the history of marble extraction, enjoy views of the Apuan Alps and stop in the charming Tuscan town of Pietrasanta.
What to Expect
The tour begins in the stunning Apuan Alps, home to one of the most precious building materials in the world - the Marble of Carrara. Since the time of the ancient Romans, this beautiful white marble has been extracted and utlised for artworks all over the world, including Michaelangelo’s masterpiece David (which can be seen in the Accademia Gallery in Florence).
With a friendly, local driving guide you will have the opportunity to visit one of the many quarries of the Tuscan region and witness how marble extraction was accomplished in the past. This process - which often resulted in fatalities - helped shape the life of the local people still living in the area today.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to see where Michaelangelo lived and chose the marble used in his works, before the tour moves onto Pietrasanta. This picturesque town on the Tuscan coast is not only known for its “ateliers” of sculptures but also as the town where Michaelangelo started a new extraction site in the local caves.
What's Not Included
- Museum entry