Fantiscritti marble basins are one of those examples of human...
In 1987 the quarry man Walter Danesi founded a private...
Colonnata is one of the quarry areas where marble started...
A modern Lunigian cuisine with a wide selection of wines
The picturesque historic centre of Carrara is certainly worth a...
The official foundation of the Academy of Fine Arts of...
In 1861, the Kingdom of Italy announced the Malaspina Castle...
The Apuan Alps that command the city of Carrara are a true open-air museum where to admire the unique landscape that has been shaped by the unceasing work of man. A must for those wishing to fully understand the bond between the city and this precious stone that have made it popular worldwide.
Our marble discovery tour starts at the Fantiscritti quarries, set in a impressive white marble amphitheatre from where you can enjoy outstanding views over the quarry routes and the “ponti di vara”, picturesque bridges over which your gaze can stretch as far as the sea.
Here we will visit the Cava Museo Danesi to learn about the history of marble excavation and transportation.
Next stop is the quaint village of Colonnata, where our palate will be delighted by the mouthwatering local delicacy here produced and aged into big vats made of marble (from Carrara of course).
We finally get to Carrara for a traditional lunch at a local trattoria before continuing our tour with a guided walk through the historic centre. We will admire the gorgeous Piazza Alberica, the St. Andrew’s Church - cathedral made entirely by marble, the house where Michelangelo used to stay when he came to Carrara to choose his marble blocks, as far as the Malaspina Castle that since 1861 houses the Academy of Fine Arts.
We end our tour at an art atelier where you will see how a block of marble is turned into a piece of art.
Be welcomed by the Danesifamily at their Cava Museo, an open-air private collection about the history of marble, founded in 1987 by the quarryman Walter Danesi.
Meet master sculptors at their atelier where we will be shown their instruments and can admire them skillfully chiselling marble blocks.
We visit the Museum Danesi, a private collection of ancient instruments and pictures, where we will learn about marble excavation techniques and means of transportation from the Roman Age up to today.
Around us we can observe the live show of the excavation activity that involves each day thousands of men and tons of marble.
Carrara is recognized worldwide as the capital of marble both for its precious white stone here quarried and for the highly professional carving know-how.
Meet skillful sculptors at their ateliers where you can admire replicas of popular art pieces as well as original works made in collaboration with internationally-renowned artists.
Marble is not used solely for art but also in everyday life and food production. Learn how lardo from Colonnata, the savoury local delicacy, is traditionally aged into big marble vats at a typical lard workshop.
Minimum 4 participants
This itinerary is suitable for everybody, also families with kids, as it doesn’t require any specific physical engagement.
The Tourist package includes:
FD qualified tourist guide;
visit at Cava Museum Danesi with the owner;
visit to the lard laboratory and tasting;
visit and activity at the marble atelier
Fantiscritti marble basins are one of those examples of human processing of the landscape capable of creating real masterpieces. Located in the heart of the Carrara marble deposits, they welcome the two characteristic nineteenth-century bridges of the Marmifera Railway, making the landscape one of the most evocative in the world.
The official foundation of the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara dates back to September 26, 1769. It was patroness Maria Teresa Cybo-Malaspina, Duchess of Massa and Princess of Carrara (which at the time was a principality), wife of Ercole Rinaldo d'Este, duke of Modena.
In 1861, the Kingdom of Italy announced the Malaspina Castle as the new seat of theRealeAccademiadi Belle Arti (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) of Carrara, reversing the fate of the building that just few years before, during the years of the Restoration, had held citizens in lazar houses and prisons.
È possibile disdire la propria prenotazione entro 48 ore dalla data del tour, entro le 48 ore non è possibile avere il rimborso della spesa già affettuata.
Non c'è una regola ma vi chiediamo di arrivare con circa 15 minuti di anticipo. Qualora ci fossero ritardi, faremo il possibile per aspettare i ritardatari ma non possiamo andare oltre i 5/10 minuti di attesa. I tour mancati per ritardo superiore a questo lasso di tempo non saranno rimborsati.
Stretching from the Apennines to the Apuan Coast, Lunigiana stems from water and stone. From the gray limestone shaped by crystal waters to the white marble of Carrara overlooking the sea, we will travel across centuries of history, art, human landscapes and authentic flavors.