Private Tour Excursion to Lucca & the famous Marble Quarries of Carrara
Tour in a Day
Available: All year around – everyday;
Departure time: at 9.30 AM
Meeting place: at your centrally located hotel in Florence;
Available in the following languages: English
Tour Highlights: Lucca (or Pisa) – Pietrasanta – Colonnata (optional) – Marble Quarries of Carrara
Price includes: English speaking driver, transportation, local taxes and service charges.
Price doesn’t include: Lunch, wine and food tasting, local guide service, monuments and museums entrance fees if applicable.
Explore the creation of statuary in this intriguing trip to the Apuane Alps! This is an event for those who want to see the origins of the elegant marble creations lining the streets of Florence and the rest of Italy. We'll pick you up from your hotel, and drive you through the rolling hills and vineyards to historic Lucca. This walled city is home to many beautiful churches, palaces, and piazzas, including the Piazza Napoleone, where you will start your visit. The Palazzo Ducal is located here, and you will see traces from the reign of Elisa Baciocchi, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, who ruled the region in the 19th century. Nearby is the Duomo di San Martino, uniquely constructed with mismatched pillars, said to be the result of an artist's contest during the construction. It's also noted for having the Volto Santo di Lucca, a crucifix carved by Nicodemus, friend of Christ, and thus bears a true image of him. The home of composer Puccini is also nearby, and open to visitors and you can admire the intact walls around the town center.
The tour moves on to Pietrasanta, a seaside town with beautiful views and a rich artistic tradition. We'll stop here for lunch in a typically charming trattoria (not included), before heading to the town of Colonnata (time permitting) and enjoying a taste of the famous lardo di Colonnata, traditional smoked pork aged between marble slabs. Our next stop will be the mountains themselves, to visit the quarries where slabs of marble are pulled from the earth, to be turned into works of art. The marble is prized for its sheen, and has been used over the centuries in many famous architectural and artistic works. Michelangelo himself was coming here in person to choose the best marble he used in his masterpieces such as the "David" and the “Pieta’”. You'll also visit the Walter Danesi Heritage Museum, where you see the instruments and accessories used by the cavatori, or excavators, who inhabited the quarries with their families.
Return in the afternoon to your hotel in Florence.
Availability on request.
The itinerary may also change with the wineries' hours of operation.
This excursion can be tailored to you! If you would prefer you can tour artisan workshops in the town of Pietrasanta, and see the lifecycle of a statue, as sculptors will work the "white gold" to reveal the hidden art within. You may also wish to see Pisa, instead of Lucca. Just let us know your interest at the moment of the booking and we can tailor the itinerary for you.