Carrara marble is a disused open air quarry that dates back to ancient times. The remains, lying some six miles away from the Mediterranean coast, are of a white or grey-veined stone and have been preserved as archaeological evidence of the extraction of marble during the Roman era. The quarry of Fossacava is particularly striking, where you can even see traces of the marks left by Roman workers there.
The Carrara historic centre is home to various works monuments and works of art made out of marble, most of which date back to the Middle Ages or the Renaissance. The tympanum of the cathedral, built from the 11th to the 14th century, holds a white marble rosette. A few streets away you will find the Academy of Fine Art. In and around Carrara, there are also sculpting workshops where you can watch artists at work.
Carrara marble has been used since ancient times; many sculptures from the Renaissance were carved from this marble.© Ron Sumners / age fotostock