Marble Quarries

The marble basin of Carrara has 190 quarries, of which one hundred are still actively mined. Carrara has seven different types of marble which differ in colour and structure.

Cava di Marmo di Carrara

The city of Carrara, located at the bottom of the Alpi Apuane, has become famous for the marble which has been quarried since Roman times. From the town centre you can see the three marble basins of Colonnata, Fantiscritti and Torano. Marble has been quarried here for over 2,000 years. Many famous artists realized their artworks using Carrara’s marble, such as the famous artist and sculptor Michelangelo.

Some of the most important and famous quarries can be found at Colonnata, which is also famous for the lard, a gastronomic speciality which you should definitely try.

“Aronta è quel ch'al ventre li s'atterga,
che ne' monti di Luni, dove ronca
lo Carrarese che di sotto alberga

ebbe tra' bianchi marmi la spelonca
per sua dimora; onde a guardar le stelle
e 'l mar no li era la veduta tronca”

Aruns behind his breast back-forward makes;
In Luna’s mountains, at whose foot the knave
Who dwells down in Carrara hoes and rakes,
He ‘mid the white bright marbles had his cave;
There lived, and there looked out, with nought to screen
His view of starry heaven and ocean wave.
(Dante Alighieri, La Divina Commedia - Inferno, Canto XX; trans. Dorothy L. Sayers)