Carrara: All you need to know

Carrara is the world’s capital of the marble trade and working and owes its name (from the ligurian stem KAR=stone) to the stone that has made it famous all over the world.The ancient centre boasts of valuable monuments as the Cathedral ( 11-14Th century) with its romanic gothic facade and the precious rose –window; inside there are : a wooden Crucifix(14Th century), two statues , the “Casanelle” the Virgin and the Herald Angel (15Th century), the pulpit( 16Th century) and the statues of the High Altar. In Piazza Duomo there are: the marble belltower, the fountain of the “Giant” and the house where Michelangelo stayed.

Other interesting monuments are: the house of the Academy of Fine Arts, with the ancient castle and the renaissance palace, the Casa Repetti (13th century) the characteristic Piazza Alberica, considered one of the finest Piazza of the 16Th century, The Santuario delle Grazie (17Th century) with its precious inside decorations.

In Piazza Matteotti there are two important sculptures: the copy of the P.Tacca’s “Porcellino” and the A. Dazzi’s “Cavallino”. Along the Avenue XX Settembre you can see some traces of this city’s ancient history. In Avenza there is the Castruccio Castrani’s Tower, the only one now standing of the 1300 fortress, on the hill above Fossola you can see the remains of the Castle of Moneta which dates back to the 1235. In Fossola it is well worth stopping to visit the Marble Museum, with its six sections displaying the history of the marble, its excavation, working methods and use. The excavation of the marble dates back to the Roman domain . Thanks to the marble this town developed , not by chance , at the entrance of the valleys which contain the main marble quarries of the all Apuan region.

The Church of Sant’Andrea , elegant romanic cathedral, has been the religious and administrative centre of the zone all over the Middle Age and today is still one of the most important monument of the city. From the half of the 14Th century , the destiny of Carrara is strictly linked to the Massa one, in a relationship which often carried to a fraternal conflict .Carrara was in fact an integrative part of the Malaspina marquisate and of the Cybo dukedom.

The current Palace of the Academy of Fine Arts was the ancient residence of the Cybo’s family and the most representative place of the town. Piazza Alberica owes its name not only to the 16Th century buildings which surround it, but also the sign of the domain of the most important representative of the local Cybo ‘s branch, Alberico I who gave life to the foundation of the modern town.

What to see in the Surroundings

We have selected 4 interesting things to see nearby.
If four are few and are not enough for you then read our posts , you will find many ideas to spend your holiday in Versilia with your family, alone, as a couple or with your friends.

Extraction techniques for Carrara Marble

Carrara Apuan Coast


Carrara How to reach:

by Car

Tramite autostrada è raggiungibile dal sud, attraverso Autosole A1, fino a Firenze, e poi attraverso la Firenze Mare A11 e la Livorno-Genova A12. Dal Nord attraverso Autosole A1 fino a Parma e poi l'autostrada della Cisa A15 fino a S. Stefano, e quindi A12 Genova-Livorno. Through motorway is reachable from SOUTH, through Autosole A1, as far as Firenze and then through the Firenze Mare A11 and the Livorno-Genova A12. From NORTH through Autosole A1 as far as Parma and then through the Cisa A15 to S.Stefano, and then through the A12 Genova-Livorno.
Tollhouse: Carrara

by Train

  • Line: Ventimiglia-Torino-Genova-Pisa-Firenze-Roma
  • Line : Genova-Parma-Bologna
  • Line : Livorno-Milano
  • Railway station of Avenza/Carrara

by Plane

The international airports in Pisa, Genoa and Florence provide reliable transport to the main city.

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Free Time:

  • Market
    Monday Carrara
    Monday ( Avenue J.F.Kennedy ) Lido di Camaiore
    Thursday ( Promenade ) Lido di Camaiore
    Sunday ( Promenade ) Summer Only Lido di Camaiore
    Monday Seravezza
    Monday Bagnone
    Tuesday Massa
    Tuesday Cinquale
    Tuesday Viareggio
    Thursday ( Promenade & Centre ) Viareggio
    Saturday ( Marco Polo ) Viareggio
    Tuesday ( Piazza degli Alpini ) Capezzano Pianore
    Tuesday Massarosa
    Tuesday Fivizzano
    Wednesday ( Guglielmo Marco Square 8am 2pm ) Forte dei Marmi
    Wednesday Stiava
    Wednesday Pontremoli
    Thursday ( Statuto Square ) Pietrasanta
    Thursday Marina di Carrara
    Friday ( Oberdan Street ) Camaiore
    Friday Torre del Lago Puccini
    Friday ( Centre ) Marina di Massa
    Friday Villafranca Lunigiana
    Saturday ( Tonfano ) Marina di Pietrasanta
    Saturday Querceta
    Saturday Aulla
    Saturday Pontremoli
    Sunday ( From Easter until September, Guglielmo Marconi Square ) Summer Only Forte dei Marmi
    Sunday Torre del Lago Puccini
    Sunday Licciana Nardi
    Sunday Marina di Carrara
    Everyday ( Centre ) Partaccia
  • Clubs
    Nikki Beach Versilia - Via Lungomare Roma 96
    Marina di Pietrasanta
    Fuori di Massa - Via Lungomare di Ponente 70
    Marina di Massa
    Mora Mora - Viale Colombo, 259
    Lido di Camaiore
    La Bussola - Viale Roma, 44 (Lungomare) 55045
    Marina di Pietrasanta
  • Sea & BeachesRead

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