4x4 Jeep Tour, Carrara Marble Quarries, Pisa and Lucca
- Marble quarries: An expert driver takes you on a thrilling 4x4 adventure to see the source of prized Carrara, watch quarrymen at work, and admire sky-high views. Lardo di Colonnata sampling: Get a taste of the local charcuterie that is seasoned, placed into large marble (what else?) basins, and cured for months to perfection.
- Pisa: Wander this town's renowned Piazza Dei Miracoli, home to the medieval Duomo (cathedral), the graceful Camposanto, and that famous Leaning Tower.
- Lucca: Discover this city of art and Renaissance style, visit the Piazza Anfiteatro, Guinigi Tower, St. Martin's Cathedral, and enjoy free time to shop and explore.
About This Montecatini Tour
The Pantheon of ancient Rome. Michelangelo's statue of David. London's Marble Arch and the Peace Monument in Washington D.C. All made from Carrara marble. This prized rock stars in momentous sculptures and landmarks all over the on the planet. Now you can see where this where this legendary stuff is cut from in "The Marble Mountains." But hold on tight. These steep, winding, white-knuckle roads go all the way to the top.
You'll climb high and speed through about 2,000 years of history. In the midst of soaring walls and deep in vast caves, you'll hear fascinating stories. Back in Roman times, quarrymen chipped away by hand, cutting about an inch of stone a day. Today you'll see massive machinery that cuts hulking blocks and hear the roar of enormous trucks that haul out thousands of tons of marble a day to ship off around the world.
And yes, the marble that Michelangelo worked to create his masterpieces came from these mountains (more about his David below). Carrara marble was also used for much of the art and architecture you'll see in Pisa and Lucca. Admire the marble facade of Pisa's cathedral, gaze up at more than 180 feet of (slightly askew) white marble at the Leaning Tower, and climb its 296 worn marble steps for a fabulous view of the city.
Then it's on to Pisa to check out what all the Leaning Tower fuss is about. The attraction is arguably the world's most famous mistake, built on ground too soft on one side to balance the bell tower's weight. The tower is one of the buildings connected with the Piazza dei Miracoli cathedral complex, featuring the best in Romanesque architecture. Also worth seeing is the Duomo di Pisa cathedral and the nearby cloistered cemetery. And remember, you don't have to lean on anybody else to see Pisa your way.
In Lucca, a town packed with architectural jewels, the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater endure in the elliptically shaped Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, now the stage for Lucca's daily life. You'll be an expert spotting marble by now, but don't miss the Cathedral's west facade displaying decorative details dating back to 1204. It's absolutely marble-ous.
A tower to beauty
In recent years, the Leaning Tower of Pisa underwent extensive renovations to keep it still standing, and leaning. But, if it weren't for an American soldier during World War II, it might not still be here. During a battle in 1944, Leon Weckstein, 23, was told to order "fire" on anywhere German artillery was coming from, and it appeared to be coming from the tower. But the GI couldn't do it. He was transfixed by the Leaning Tower's beauty. Ironically, he had never heard of it before seeing it for himself during the war.
Please make your way to Piazza Italia, at the bus check point, in front of the train station in Montecatini.
In order for this tour to operate, a minimum of 6 travelers is required, per departure. In the event this minimum isn’t met, we will advise you in advance of your tour departure so that we can assist you with choosing another exciting GoBe tour option.
This tour operates only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Your time in Pisa is self-guided and entrance fees here are not included.
Plan to walk a distance of 2 miles on paved sidewalks with steps and up inclines. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Adventure, Scenic, Cultural
7-passenger Minivan or Coach; 4x4 Jeep
Local Snack Tasting
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have knee or hip problems, this tour may not be suitable for you, due to the strenuous nature of the walking required.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
100 countries, 915 cities… limitless possibilities
All our tours are offered by expert local guides & operators
Head off the beaten path with our unique tours & activities
You can rely on our team of travel industry experts
Your order is subject to TourTrek's Booking Ticket Agreement, including all TourTrek and GoBe policies incorporated therein.
Have you been on this experience?
Write a Review
Fields marked are required.
Please enter your review.