Livorno Private Shore Excursion to Pietrasanta and the Carrara Marble Quarries

Customised shore excursion from the port of Livorno exploring the Carrara marble quarries, the sculpture town of Pietrasanta and a Colli di Luni Vermentino wine tasting for the discerning traveller seeking an authentic Italian experience on a small group tour with only the very best of English speaking driver guides. Discover Italy ‘close up’ in a Mercedes minivan of up to 7 – 8 people that takes you into the very heart of this incredible artistic area. Get the most of your time ashore to explore the chic resort of Pietrasanta and follow in the footsteps of great artists such as Michelangelo.
* Duration: 9 hours
* Starts: Livorno, Italy
* Trip Category: Shore Excursions >> Ports of Call Tours




Customised shore excursion from the port of Livorno exploring the Carrara marble quarries, the sculpture town of Pietrasanta and a Colli di Luni Vermentino wine tasting for the discerning traveller seeking an authentic Italian experience on a small group tour with only the very best of English speaking driver guides. Discover Italy ‘close up’ in a Mercedes minivan of up to 7 – 8 people that takes you into the very heart of this incredible artistic area. Get the most of your time ashore to explore the chic resort of Pietrasanta and follow in the footsteps of great artists such as Michelangelo.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Pietrasanta, Pietrasanta, Province of Lucca, Tuscany

Enjoy the pleasant hour’s drive to Pietrasanta; an old town of Roman origins rich in sculpting traditions and filled with workshops frequented by artists from all over the world. Visit the Bozzetti Sculpture Museum and get an insight into how artists make the marble come to life in a busy working artists studio (some studios may request a small entry fee). You may enjoy an Italian coffee in the Piazza del Duomo before travelling on to Carrara.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Marble Caves of Carrara, Viale Xx Settembre, 54033, Carrara Italy

An immense cultural and historical patrimony, these mountains were first exploited by Julius Caesar and have supplied artists from Michelangelo to Henry Moore. Choose from 2 tours. Visit the inside of a working quarry (10euro per person) where you are taken into the heart of the Apuan Alps to discover a marble cathedral carved deep inside the mountain. This is still an active quarry with working machinery and once inside you will see first-hand how marble is cut Or you may wish to join a 4×4 guided tour (10euro per person) travelling through a network of 30 open-air active quarries arriving at an altitude of almost 1000m above sea level. Here, the scenery is almost lunar with spectacular views across the sea. Your tour guide will tell you about methods and stages of excavation, from cutting to loading huge marble blocks on top of the trucks right in front of your eyes. It was here where the James Bond chase scene was filmed in Quantum of Solace.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Colonnata, Colonnata, Province of Massa Carrara, Tuscany

The perfect stop to enjoy lunch is in quarryman’s village of Colonnata, renowned for its lard cured in huge marble vats.

Duration: 1 hour