Carrara Marble Quarry Tour Guide

Map and Guide to Visiting the Quarries Above Carrara

Touring the marble mines in the Apuan Alps in northern Tuscany is an incredible visual experience--which is why the location was chosen for the chase scene in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

You can tour some of the marble mines above Carrara in a self-guided car tour, but to get as high into the Apuan Alps as we did in the picture, you'll need to take a jeep tour. The tour we took cost a reasonable €10, one of the best bargains in Italy. It gets you 1000 meters above the sea. Today that tour is €15. Still a bargain, but...

Map: Carrara Marble Tour & Lodging Locations

The map below is centered upon the Frantiscritti Mine Museum. Just a big south is the parking for the tour, and just to the north is the ticket booth and restaurant. You can see this in detail by zooming in on the map using the controls on the lower right. The map shows some lodging in the marble moutains if you wish to stay here. 

Views from the Tour

view of carrara

View from the Marble Quarries

marble tour view

Down Comes a Mountain

Carrara and the Marble Mountain Travel Tips

You will, of course, need a car to do this trip, unless you've arranged to use a guide or travel planner.

From the city of Carrara, follow the signs to the "cave" until you reach the Fantiscritti caves. There is a small museum there worth seeing. The restaurant, Ristorante il Poggio, has an annex where you can sign up for the tour if you've come in the off season without a reservation.

Where to Eat

If you haven't made a restaurant reservation before arriving at the Frantiscritti starting point, we suggest heading over to the nearby town of Colonnata, famous for its lardo, herbed backfat aged in marble vats that kept the marble miners in energy through the long winters. It's possible to tour the lardo workshops. There are quite a few restaurants in Colonnata. You don't have to eat lardo in any of them, but you should try it. It's much healthier then butter when a thin slice is laid over a piece of toasted bread. Our latest fave restaurant in Colonnata is Osteria Nella Pia.

Where to Stay

Consult the map above for places to stay in the mountains. But if you'd like to stay in a marble city, we've found that of the two marble towns, Massa is perhaps the most interesting, and you can retreat to Marina di Massa to be closer to the sea.

I prefer to stay where the marble is turned into art, in nearby Pietrasanta. See: An Art Itinerary in Tuscany.

If you want a house in the country or vacation apartment, try VRBO: Massa Carrara Vacation Rentals.

Guide Services

We recommend Serena Giovannoni of Wish Versillia as a guide who can provide comfortable transportation and guide services from wherever you are in Versillia (this area of Tuscany), especially useful if you do not have a car or if you just want to leave the navigating to someone else. The roads in this area are narrow and confusing. Leave the driving to someone who knows the way.

Location and Contact information

Carrara Marble Tour (50 minute 4x4 jeep tour)

: 50 Minute tour of the marble caves and mines above Carrara.

Cave di Fantiscritti, Italy

Latitude: 44.090777975 Longitude: 10.133441103

Phone: 389 4293538

Near Carrara

Where to go from here? Once you've seen the raw materials you may wish to visit the workshops, many clustered around Pietrasanta, a very nice town to stay in. If a spa appeals to you more, Montecatini Terme may be just what you're looking for. Lucca is also nearby. It is about an hour and a half drive to Florence.

If you are a lake lover, bird watcher, or like to walk on planks over wetlands (and see a Roman Villa overlooking it all), a trip to Lake Massaciuccoli might be in order.

Or, you may wish to explore other options in Tuscany.

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