The ancient Romans started 2000 years ago, later, artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini, Canova and many others, loved to mine this Carrara marble for their works of art.
Nowadays quarrymen keep fighting in order to excavate from steep and abrupt slopes. This unique stone, white and shining, is still renowned all over the world.
The tour starts with a visit of a working quarry where, in the bright white of world's largest marble basins, your private guide will explain both ancient and modern techniques used for the excavation and transportation of marble.
You will see quarrymen cutting a "bancata"of marble then move each block and upload them on trucks. They have been doing it for 2000 years, something have changed but the challenge with the mountain is still the same.
It's not just an excursion but a once in a lifetime experience.
The tour proceeds with visit of a workshop of sculpture, ensured to bring you back to Michelangelo's time.
By looking at sculptors at work, you will be able to know more of the techniques used the making of a statue, or better "to free from marble the figure still imprisoned inside the block".
Lunch can be done in Colonnata, the oldest quarrymen's village or in Lucca.
In the afternoon, an exploration of Lucca. Still surrounded by its city walls, Lucca offers a charming atmosphere. Don't miss: San Michele in Foro, St. Martin Cathedral, The Anphitheater square, and much more. In alternative to Lucca, extend the excursion to the afternoon with the visit of Carrara: the marble built town! Or maybe to Pisa with its leaning tower.
The itinerary is fully customizable upon your wishes
Comfortable clothes and shoes are advised. We may be walking on dusty/muddy grounds.