Carrara: All you need to know
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.
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Carrara How to reach:
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.
- Line: Ventimiglia-Torino-Genova-Pisa-Firenze-Roma
- Line : Genova-Parma-Bologna
- Line : Livorno-Milano
- Railway station of Avenza/Carrara
The international airports in Pisa, Genoa and Florence provide reliable transport to the main city.