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Carrara Marble Quarries

Marble quarries located at the top of the mountains form the background of the town of Carrara. This is where the famous marble has been excavated since Roman times. Due to the way in which the marble is taken, the large spaces, the symmetrical precision of the excavations and the shape of the worktops, the mountains have been transformed into spectacular terraced amphitheaters.

Marble quarries located at the top of the mountains form the background of the town of Carrara. This is where the famous marble has been excavated since Roman times.

Due to the way in which the marble is taken, the large spaces, the symmetrical precision of the excavations and the shape of the worktops, the mountains have been transformed into spectacular terraced amphitheaters.

Seen from above, with the view over the sea, they boast a spectacular beauty.

The tradition of marble quarrying in the spectacular setting of the Apuan Alps is very ancient, probably started during the Iron Age by the Ligurian People, as witnessed by the necropolis of Cafaggio in Ameglia, close to Luna. This site dates back to the 4th century BC and has white marble deposits and rudimentary cover cases composed of recycled materials; including among them, marble fragments. 

The mining activity was developed by the Romans, especially under Julius Caesar (48-44 BC). The most ancient quarries were located in the basins of Torano and Colonnata, of which not much remains since the mining activity that continued over centuries caused their progressive destruction.

The export and trading took place through the port of Luni, which is the reason why white marble, in archeology, is often called “Luni Marble”.

The lizzatura practice was a very dangerous method of marble tranportation.

After a relatively long period of stasis during the Middle Ages, with the greater spread of Christianity, marble was requested in large quantities for the construction of religious buildings and for their interior decoration.
During the Renaissance, marble quarried in Carrara was used by Michelangelo, who visited the caves to personally choose blocks for his artworks.

Historically, the transport of the blocks along the steep rocky slopes of the quarries was a very risky activity which engaged workers with increasingly more evolved methods as the economic and social conditions of the region evolved. Initially, the boulder was rolled down without any control, until it stopped on a bed of finer debris. The procedure was later banned by law when the “lizzatura” method was established, a traditional method of transporting marble on a sled, still practiced in the early decades of the 20th century, which was a very risky team effort.

The Marble Quarries of Fantiscritti

- Where are you?

The Apuan Alps

Alpi Apuane e costa alta della Toscana

Alpi Apuane e costa alta della Toscana
Carrara Parco delle Alpi Apuane Massa

Carrara

La città di Carrara, il suo sfondo montuoso e il suo sbocco sul mare, la sua cultura del marmo, il suo stile toscano.

Parco delle Alpi Apuane

Grandi spazi verdi per vivere la natura e fare tante attività all'aperto, antiche cave di marmo da visitare, le stesse in cui Michelangelo ha trovato la materia prima per le sue opere d'arte.

Massa

Massa e Forte dei Marmi. Scrigni in cui perdersi tra gioielli d'arte e architettura.

CARRARA AND MARBLE QUARRIES

A vivid city and its white marble backgound, with interesting ancient quarries. 

FORTE DEI MARMI

A charming medieval city, with magnificent squares and stunning architecture. 

MASSA

Massa and the Malaspinian power, embodied by a magnificent fortress. 

SANT'ANNA DI STAZZEMA

A tragic story in a beautiful village in the mountains, today the National Park of Peace. 

- Apuan Alps Stories

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Highlights of the Apuan Alps and Upper Tuscany Coast

Visits to Carrara Marble Quarries

Visita la Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Popolo, costruita nel 17 ° secolo con preziose sculture e dipinti. La cupola della cattedrale domina il profilo della città.

A visit inside a quarry

The Torano Basin​

Torano is the most ancient of the Carrara Quarries, as shown by the strong fragmentation of many sections of the mountain. It takes its name from the quaint village located not far from the working site.

A Locomotive in the Torano cave

The Colonnata Basin

An ancient village perched in the mountains covered with marble, where one produces one of the delights of Tuscany, the lard of Colonnata. Time seems to have stopped in Colonnata. This former marble mining center has existed since Roman times. It owes its name to the fact that marble extracted from its quarries was used to build the columns of Roman buildings.

The Colonnata Village seen from the quarry

The Fantiscritti Basin

It constitutes the heart of the Carrara marble deposits just above the hamlet of Miseglia. The suggestive views of the Ponti di Vara is a classic of the Carrara quarries, both at day an night, when the moon deepens the shadows and the suffused light of the rocks.

The Vara Bridge by Fantiscritti

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The Apuan Alps Area

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