10 Things to Do in Carrara That You Shouldn't Miss

September 25, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Carrara [karˈraːra] (Emilian: Carara) is a city and comune in Tuscany, in central Italy, of the province of Massa and Carrara, and notable for the white or blue-grey marble quarried there. It is on the Carrione River, some 100 kilometres (62 mi) west-northwest of Florence.
Restaurants in Carrara

1. Marble Caves of Carrara

Viale Xx Settembre, 54033, Carrara, Italy +39 328 018 9464
Excellent
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22%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 393 reviews

Marble Caves of Carrara

Famous for their white marble, these caves in the Apua Mountains serve as studios of stone sculpting and bronze art, where famous artists and sculptors from all over the world come to work.

Reviewed By Teddy C - Switzerland

The first time you see the Mountains above Carrara, it takes your breath away. The white "wounds" where the marble has been cut away, are bigger than life. The courage of the workers, driving their big trucks up nearly vertical slopes, the landslides of marble chips thrown down the mountain. It's all too exciting. To think that Michelangelo took his marble from these quarries with ox-drawn carts, and even had to have a bridge built over a gorge, in order to get his marble down to sea level, just amazes everybody. Take your camera.

2. Cantine Lunae

Via Palvotrisia 2, 19034 Colombiera-Molicciara, Italy +39 0187 693483
Excellent
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Cantine Lunae

Reviewed By FredrikHenry - Sweden

Very nice rustic and elegant cantine. Professional staff speaking several languages and very helpful. Bosoni produces the best vermentino in Italy and sells it to a good price too. If you buy boxes, 6 or 12 bottles, you get a big discount. You can also fill your own bottle at a price of approx. €2 per litre. Also the red wines are perfect, try Nicolo V Riserva.

3. Orto Botanico delle Alpi Apuane - Pietro Pellegrini

Via dei Colli | Pian della Fioba, 54100, Massa, Italy +39 338 995 2268
Excellent
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5 based on 196 reviews

Orto Botanico delle Alpi Apuane - Pietro Pellegrini

The Botanical Garden was established in 1966 to conserve and enhance the flora of the Apuan Alps. It belongs to Massa Municipality and it’s actually managed with “Aquilegia” Natura e Paesaggio Apuano (non-profit organization) and University of Pisa. It’s located in the heart of the Regional Parlk of the Apuan Alps, in a panoramic place between the Mountains and the sea, and inside it’s possible to admire many endemic species like “Apuan Alps’ little Widow” (Globularia incanescens Viv.), symbol of the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is open every days from mid-May to mid-Septemper. Opening hours: 9.00 – 13.00 and 15.00-19.00. In other periods: opening for the spring’s festivities and on request for organized groups and aschools

Reviewed By melrock - Tuscany, Italy

Friendly guides, breath-taking views, best to go in June when all of the flowers are in bloom. All the same, we could only go in September and enjoyed it all the same. Open summer only. Requires medium-level agility to complete path.

4. Passeggiata Sandro Pertini

Via Passeggiata Sandro Pertini, 54033 Marina di Carrara, Carrara, Italy
Excellent
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4 based on 38 reviews

Passeggiata Sandro Pertini

Reviewed By Andrea C

The walk along the docks is supposedly the nicest thing to do in Marina di Carrara. Unfortunately this is actually the case only because there are no alternatives.
While you may enjoy seeing the see on one side during the walk, you will have the port with people working, or at least massive standing cranes, on the other side. Not quite the panoramic view you would like to see.

5. Duomo di Carrara

Piazza Duomo, 54033, Carrara, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Duomo di Carrara

Reviewed By Traveler4Fun_99 - State of Sao Paulo

Since I was in the area, I decided to stop in Carrara to visit the so famous marble town. It was worth it. The Cathedral is very nice, from the outside and inside.

6. Castello Malaspina

Via Del Forte, 54100, Massa, Italy +39 327 075 5390
Excellent
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4 based on 111 reviews

Castello Malaspina

Reviewed By francesco a - Naples, Italy

Il Castello Malaspina di Carrara, con l’attiguo rinascimentale Palazzo del Principe dei Cybo, rappresentano dal medioevo il potere signorile a Carrara.
Bella la struttura della rocca con il Torrione merlato del XII secolo a cui si accede da due grandi portali esterni.
Belli i fue cortili interni, con gli stemmi marmorei delle antiche casate con affreschi del ‘400 con le eleganti logge e portali bugnati.
Un elegante transetto cinquecentesco a colonne e bifore unisce il castello al rinascimentale Palazzo del Principe dei Cybo, un palazzo fortificato con vari ambienti e dove, al piano nobile, si trovano gli appartamenti privati del Principe.
Ambienti ricchi di arredi ed affreschi.
Ho assistito all'interno del bellissimo complesso alla rappresentazione del presepe vivente multimediale, affascinante ed interessante, coinvolgente.

7. BarLume

Viale A. Vespucci 4, 54033 Marina di Carrara, Carrara, Italy +39 392 708 1956
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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3.5 based on 25 reviews

BarLume

Reviewed By Pantouflefuretto

Il locale piccolo con una vasta scelta di vini e birre...molto originale anche dalla gente che lo frequenta...
Sicuramente viene apprezzato il fine settimana alla sera dopo cena,frequentato da tanta gente del posto.
Prezzi come altri bar alla mano.

8. Cava di Marmo al Coperto di Fantiscritti Carrara

Localita Fantiscritti, 54033, Carrara, Italy +39 339 765 7470
Excellent
51%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Cava di Marmo al Coperto di Fantiscritti Carrara

Reviewed By pebitpeb - Carrara

This is a short tour that takes you inside the white marbled mountain where you are surrounded by the prestine white marbles of Carrara, Italy, which is also called the world capital of white marbles. We have taken various friends and family to enjoy this tour and everyone has been pleased with their visit. The tour is short and informative. Lasts about 30-40 minutes and is available in multi languages.

9. Colonnata

Carrara, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

Colonnata

Reviewed By Paul h - Adelaide, Australia

A quiet village with a specialty of producing lardo. Here is your opportunity to try it in local dishes, by the shaved slice or take away a piece for later. Lardo is a very Italian slice of pork fat flavoured with spices and herbs, not for everyone but worth the try

10. Piazza Aranci

Piazza Degli Aranci, 54100, Massa, Italy
Excellent
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Piazza Aranci

Reviewed By francesco a - Naples, Italy

Baricentro della città è uno dei luoghi principali.
Ampliata dalla sorella di Napoleone demolendo la Cattedrale di San Pietro.
Delimitata da alberi d'arancio al centro una fontana con l'obelisco alla base furono poi aggiunti quattro leoni in marmo.

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