Jeep Tour of the Carrara Quarries for Groups of 8 or More
- Carrara marble quarries: See actual quarrymen cut marble and load giant slabs as your guide explains the ancient art of excavation and its evolution to the present day.
- Off-road adventure: Ride the highest heights above the quarries in 4x4 Jeep off-road vehicles driven by expert staff, granting you and your group of 8 or more access to exclusive locations other tourists never see.
- Breathtaking scenery: Take in gorgeous views of the Italian countryside, from 3,000 feet above sea level, before driving an additional 1,000 feet up the mountain for a fabulous finish to your tour.
- Lardo di Colonnata: Sample this Italian meat delicacy featured in the Ark of Taste catalog of endangered heritage foods right from the regional home of its protected geographical status.
About this Pisa Tour
The Carrara region has been famous for its white and blue-grey slabs of marble since it was used to build the walls and halls of ancient Rome. Long before Michelangelo was ever given the job of creating what would become the Renaissance masterpiece David, the sculpture's commissioners knew where to get the best marble in Italy.
But there was a catch: stonecutting was really, really hard. So hard that it could only be pulled off by men strong enough or desperate enough to spend their days in back-breaking labor at high altitudes, fed on a steady diet of foods like Lardo di Colonnata in order to sustain them through their brutal toil.
By the late 19th century, the unpopular work and secluded location found appeal among men who wanted to be left alone, including the violent revolutionaries expelled from Belgium and Switzerland who founded Italy's first anarchist group in Carrara. This made for an explosive mixture in 1894, when anarchistic fervor in Italy reached a fever pitch as a rash of protests swept the country, causing the prime minister to declare Italy in a state of siege.
When the demonstrations spread to Carrara, the protests turned violent: shots were fired, resulting in the death of a police officer and a protester, and soon the conflict had erupted into the full-scale rebellion that would later be known as the Lunigiana Revolt. By the time the military managed to chase the would-be revolutionaries into the mountains, the Carrara tax office was in flames, the police stations had been looted for weapons, and the road leading to the city was barricaded... with slabs of Carrara marble, of course. All of which prompted revolutionary leader Galileo Palla to boast that, in Carrara, "even the stones are anarchists."
The fight for fat
Aged for six months in the naturally porous caves of Colonnata, Lardo di Colonnata tastes like nothing else and can be made nowhere else. And yet this centuries-old delicacy was almost outlawed by the European Union, skeptical about a food cured in marble basins. That is, until
Please make your way to the Pisa Tourist Office, Piazza del Duomo 7, Pisa, to meet your tour.
This tour operates only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. A minimum of 8 travelers are needed to operate this tour.
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, Bus Tour
Minivan or Coach; 4X4
Local Snack Tasting
English, Spanish, Italian
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.
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