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Carrara Marble Quarries Tour by Land Rover

4.5 (32)
Carrara, IT
4.5 (32)
Carrara, IT
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Embark on a thrilling journey through the Carrara Marble Quarries on a Land Rover tour. Explore the mesmerizing Colonnata Valley as you witness the ancient and modern excavation process of marble. Marvel at the vast white wounds that adorn the wild slopes of Carrara, which have supplied marble to cities across Italy for over 2,000 years. Hear captivating stories of the men who toiled to extract the marble used in iconic structures like the Pantheon and Trajan's Column. As you return, don't miss the opportunity to savor a sample of the renowned Lardo di Colonnata IGP. With a local expert guide and an air-conditioned vehicle, this tour promises an unforgettable adventure. Find the Defender with an orange sign in front of the marble obelisk near Stadio dei Marmi.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 2-8 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the majestic Carrara Marble Quarries
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Apuan Alps
  • Discover the history and legacy of marble mining
  • Experience the thrill of off-road adventure in a Land Rover
  • Indulge in the famous Lardo di Colonnata IGP
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local expert guide

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Introduction

Experience the awe-inspiring journey through the Carrara Marble Quarries with the exhilarating Carrara Marble Quarries Tour by Land Rover. This tour takes you on a thrilling adventure, providing essential information and context about the product, and introducing you to the key features, functions, and purpose of the tour.

What to expect?

Embark on a captivating journey through the Colonnata Valley, immersing yourself in the fascinating world of marble excavation. Marvel at the winding roads that lead you deep into the heart of the quarries, where you'll witness the breathtaking white wounds on the wild slopes of Carrara. Get a firsthand understanding of the old and modern excavation process of marble, which has been supplying towns and cities across Italy for over 2,000 years. Discover the rich history and significance of Carrara marble as you hear stories about the skilled men who mined the marble used in iconic structures such as the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Ancient Rome, as well as numerous Renaissance sculptures. Gain a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship and artistry that went into these masterpieces. To top off your adventure, you'll have the opportunity to taste a sample of the famous Lardo di Colonnata IGP, a local delicacy. Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with directions to the best place to experience this culinary delight.

Who is this for?

The Carrara Marble Quarries Tour is a must for anyone with a passion for history, art, and natural wonders. Whether you're a history enthusiast eager to delve into the rich heritage of Carrara marble or an art lover seeking to understand the origins of renowned sculptures, this tour is perfect for you. Additionally, nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers will be captivated by the stunning landscapes and thrilling off-road experience provided by the Land Rover.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Carrara marble with this unique tour. Unlike any other experience, the Carrara Marble Quarries Tour offers a rare opportunity to witness the excavation process firsthand, providing a deeper understanding of the marble's historical significance. The Land Rover adds an element of adventure, allowing you to explore the rugged terrain and reach hidden corners of the quarries that are inaccessible to regular tours. This tour also offers a chance to indulge in the famous Lardo di Colonnata IGP, a culinary delight that is deeply rooted in the local culture. By booking this tour, you'll not only satisfy your curiosity about marble quarries but also treat your taste buds to a truly authentic experience.

Good to know

During the tour, you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable local expert guide who will provide detailed explanations and insights into the excavation process and the history of Carrara marble. The tour includes transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, ensuring your comfort throughout the journey. It's important to note that the itinerary may vary, so be sure to check the provided details for the exact starting and ending points. The meeting point is near the marble obelisk in front of the Stadio dei Marmi, where you'll easily spot the Land Rover with an orange sign. For those arriving by train, directions from Carrara Avenza Train Station are provided.

Reviews

Customers who have embarked on the Carrara Marble Quarries Tour have been astounded by the experience. They praise the knowledgeable guides who provide fascinating insights into the excavation process and the historical significance of Carrara marble. Visitors have expressed their awe at the breathtaking landscapes and the opportunity to witness the quarries up close. The addition of the Lardo di Colonnata tasting has been a highlight for many, allowing them to indulge in the local cuisine and further immerse themselves in the culture of the region. Overall, customers have highly recommended this tour for its unique blend of history, adventure, and culinary delight.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Stadio dei Marmi

(Pass by)

Meeting point in the Stadio dei Marmi area in Carrara, meeting with the guide, and start of the tour. From here we begin the ascent among the vineyards of the green Candia Hills (famous for giving birth to a fine and original tasting Wine) along a route between the sea and the imposing Apuan Alps that is truly spectacular. We continue along an up-and-down dirt section until we find the asphalt road again, which leads directly into the heart of the Carrara Marble Quarries.

Carrara

Explore the most precious of Carrara's treasures: the white marble quarries. Aboard comfortable and powerful 4×4 jeeps, our guide will take you over the peaks of the Apuan Alps. Up to the marble basins at an altitude of 1,000 meters, to discover the magical place where Michelangelo found the block that gave birth to his world-famous Pieta.

Lardo di Colonnata

Taste a sample of the famous Lardo di colonnata

Reviews

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4.5 (32)

Patricia_B

This tour was so much fun, incredibly informative and the guides went above and beyond for us, even making sure we got back to our hotel safely! My daughter and I learned so much I would recommend this to anyone. Our best day yet on our trip to Massa! Thank you!

Michael_P

The trip to the marble quarries showed us a unique, gleaming white landscape. The descripfion of quarrying methods and transportation was interesting and informative. Not to be missed!

Robert_B

The trip was both exciting and informative. Our guide was interesting and knowledgeable. We had very nice experience

207jodit

We arrived at the appointed place on time. No tour operator showed up and I never received a phone call or email. I tried the number for the company but it was out of order. I emailed about a refund and have not received a response. It's very disappointing because we will not be in the Carrara region again, having traveled from the United States.

Gail_M

The experience was informative from beginning to end. The sheer majesty of the Apua Alps, the huge pieces of marble the process of cutting and removing down to the port is awe inspiring. The underground mining of marble was impressive. The drive up and down the mountain hair raising. The visit to the mountain food spot was welcome.

Michela_B

Two and a half hours on the steep roads of the quarries. Very knowledgable and helpful staff. Interesting and fascinating. Wonderful view to the sea. The only foresight: if you suffer from dizziness as I do, just be prepared. I recommend it!!!! I suggest to establish a Museum of the ancient tools and images from the past.

Julia_B

The tour itself was very interesting and a pleasure to do! But the Tourguide was sometimes very impolite answering questions from the audience! Also the promised Apero after the tour was missing! Based on all that the price is to high!

573aldoc

It’s a great view into a unique place, with its history and importance in the arts and design… but not only! I need to make a very strong complaint around the lack of emotional intelligence by the Tour owner/lead. His rudeness was evident after less than 5’ after our arrival (15’ before start time as suggested). He was abrupt with myself and my guests telling us not to touch anything and to just wait under the sun as he wasn’t ready. I then tried to help and introduced myself by first name using the informal ‘tu’ mode thinking this would create empathy with the tour guide with whom we would spend the next 3 hours… he looked at me and said do not address me with ‘tu’ but only with the formal ‘lei’ … I asked why and he replied: this is the way I want it! Shocked by the rudeness and lack of empathy (why choose tourism and a people-facing role as a career?) I decided to ignore the issue and continue the tour (I had 8 tickets with guests from Australia!). His edgy behaviour was again on display when, after an informative presentation at one of the stops, he put down every single person who had dared ask a question saying things like: ‘that’s the wrong question to ask’ or ‘I have already answered this’ etc… I saw people Walk away from the ‘English speaking’ group and join the Italian guide (a you g and very pleasant architect) and nobody dared asking questions at the second stop. The gentleman should really consider the impact he has on people and in the mercies they will bring back home to their countries. He is not representative of the warm and friendly spirit of most of us Italians. By the way I left him a tip against my good judgment….! The caves are amazing!

Peter G

Just an amazing experience to see the open pit quarry and to enter into the mountain to see how the process works for the cave mine.

Elaine_M

Ride up to the top! And watching the saw work. Was amazed at the size of the slabs. I didn’t know that Carrara marble was in Philly cheese, facial creams and my toothpaste!
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2024-07-20 13:42