Colonnata is one of the quarry areas where marble started to be excavated already since the Roman age. The village dates back to the 1st century B.C. The name could refer to a slave colony related to the marble activity. Also, to the use of marble to build columns for the roman temples. The marble portals and bas-reliefs characterize the buildings of the village, such as the San Bartolomeo Church built in the 12th century and restored in the 19th century. On the same square is also the monument to the Cristo Cavatore by the local sculpture Alberto Sparapani.
However, Colonnata is popular not only for the marble but is also the capital of lard, the food beloved by quarrymen today become a real delicacy. The lard is still today laid in big hand-carved marble vats to age.