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Carrara Marble Quarry
Carrara Marble Quarry

Carrara Marble Quarry

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156 Reviews
Viale Xx Settembre, Carrara, Tuscany

The Basics

Carved out of Tuscany’s Apuan Alps above the city of Carrara, more than 600 marble mines—both abandoned and active—have produced more marble than any other area in the world. Carrara marble tours include a stop at the Museo dei Bozzetti sculpture museum in Pietrasanta to see the collection of contemporary works made from Carrara marble before continuing on to the quarry. Here, you can choose between one of two tours: a 4x4 tour through a series of open-air mines to the central quarry at Fantiscritti, which offers expansive views to the sea and a small museum; or the underground tour into the vast marble cave carved deep in the mountainside known as the Marble Cathedral.

Both tours are led by an expert tour guide and can be paired with lunch at the nearby town of Colonnata, famous for its Lardo di Colonnata cured in Carrara marble basins. Carrara day trips from Florence and shore excursions from La Spezia often end with a wine tasting in Colli di Luni, where crisp Vermentino white wine is produced.

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Carrara: Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure
Carrara: Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure
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$78.79 per adult
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Thrilling!
Absolutely thrilling ride. Driver Heidi has a great passion for driving and telling us the many uses and qualities of marble. Really worthwhile. It's tricky to find the meeting place. Yes, when in doubt, keep going up!
Cynthia_O, Sep 2021

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Massive beautiful nature
David_S, Sep 2021
Carrara: Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure
The enormity of the quarries and the fact that this goes back 2000 years. And the fact that each massive block of marble is a treasure hunt.
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Carrara by jeep a must
JoeMilano, Aug 2021
Carrara: Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure
Fun ride in the jeep, can't imagine now the visit any other way. The Italian guide was really informed, interesting and engaging. 100% worth it!
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Famous tour
Dirk, Jul 2021
Carrara: Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure
The hole tour and that the tour was in german :). Nice people, lot of information about the marble and the region.
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Not Too Be Missed
CAN, May 2021
Carrara: Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure
The tour guide was excellent. He had great knowledge and his sense of humour made the tour even more fun and enjoyable. This was an extremely educational and worthwhile experience that should be on everyone's itinerary when visiting this region.
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AAAAAMAZING!!!
bbeecroft, Oct 2019
Carrara: Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure
The ride up the mountain on hairpin turns in a rattling old Jeep was worth the price of admission alone!! Better than any exhibition ride!! But I f you are afraid of heights, this isn’t for you! The information provided was also very interesting. It made me understand and appreciate the works of the Various Italian sculptors much better. And it made me really appreciate the beauty of the Carrara marble in my home! One of my most favourite your of all!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A visit to the quarries is a welcome change of pace for kids who may have had their fill of art and architecture.

  • Carrara marble quarries tours are primarily by off-road vehicle or bus, but do require some walking. Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection.

  • The view from the highest quarries and Colonnata stretch over Italy’s Apuan Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, so be sure to bring your camera.

  • Tours can accommodate wheelchairs, but contact the quarry in advance to arrange special transportation.

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How to Get There

The Carrara marble quarries sit on the Carrione River in the Massa-Carrara province of Tuscany. The nearest city is Carrara, but day trips usually depart from La Spezia or Florence. There is no public transportation to the quarries, so the most convenient way to visit is by joining a small-group tour or shore excursion.

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When to Get There

The sunlight bouncing off the bright marble in the open-air quarries can be blinding, so you may be surprised to hear that the best time to explore is on a cloudy day!

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The Carrara Marble Quarries in the Movies

The marble quarries in Carrara were the backdrop for James Bond’s chase scene in the filmQuantum of Solace.

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