Welcome to Carrara


The texture and purity of Carrara's white marble (derived from the Greek marmaros, meaning shining stone) is unrivalled, and it remains the world's most sought-after. Michelangelo selected marble here for masterpieces such as Pièta (the veined marble he used for his iconic David came from a quarry in neighbouring Pietrasanta), while Carrara marble was used for London's Marble Arch and by Rodin to sculpt The Kiss.

Bar the thrill of admiring its marble pavements, marble street benches, decorative marble putti, marble-clad post office and marble everything else, Carrara doesn't offer much for the visitor.


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$44.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

Skip-the-Line Florence Accademia Gallery Tour

Meet your guide outside the Accademia Gallery in central Florence, and then head inside with your fast-track entrance ticket. The museum is home to some of the finest works of Renaissance artwork in the world, so lines to enter are often long. Your reserved skip-the-line ticket allows you to bypass the entrance lines, meaning you spend more time viewing the art than standing in line.As you walk around inside, listen to stories and history about the wealth of artwork contained within the Accademia Gallery’s walls. Works by Renaissance superstar Michelangelo are given pride of place inside the museum, and your guide’s commentary focuses on the much-loved Florentine artist. Admire his famously unfinished sculptures – Prigioni and San Matteo – and then gaze in awe at the statue of David that dominates the central gallery.Ever the crowd pleaser, David was created by Michelangelo when he was just in his twenties, fresh from the glory of carving La Pietà. Sculpted entirely from local Carrara marble, the statue of the nude biblical hero is incredible to behold with life-like veins and muscles carved to precision as had never been done before. Standing at a lofty height of 17 feet (5.17 meters), the statue of David became a symbol of freedom and independence for the city.After admiring David, visit other rooms with your guide to learn about other Renaissance artists such as Botticelli and Lippi. When your tour finishes, you can stay inside the museum for as long as you wish, discovering collections of artwork from the Middle Ages as well as the Renaissance. The Accademia Gallery is also home to the Museum of Musical Instruments, which is worth visiting independently.

$57.28 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo's David Tour

Get picked up at your centrally-located Florence hotel by your guide and head for the Accademia Gallery, one of the city's top museums. Bypass the long queues with skip-the-line tickets.The main draw of the Accademia is Michelangelo's 'David.' The statue dominates the museum's central gallery; this unique work of art has become the symbol of Renaissance splendor. Take the time to gaze upon this masterpiece and admire its beauty from every perspective. Michelangelo was still in his early 20s when he carved the statue from a single block of Carrara marble. It's 17 feet (5.17 meters) tall, and represents the Biblical hero, David, who slayed Goliath. It was unveiled in 1504 and soon after came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied by the Florentine Republic.In addition to 'David,' the Accademia also has several unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, plus a collection that includes works by Botticelli, Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Sarto, and more. Enjoy insights into the artwork on display from your guide throughout the tour.

$68.97 Tours & Sightseeing

Skip-the-Line Accademia and Michelangelo's David Tour for Kids and Families

Meet your local kid-friendly guide at the meeting point in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence and head for the Accademia Gallery, one of the city's top museums to discover the splendid Michelangelos David. Bypass the long queues with skip-the-line tickets! The David is the symbol of Florence and a unique work of art created by Michelangelo when he was on his early 20s! The statue was carved by a solid block of Carrara marble and it is 17 feet tall! The tour does include some of the highlights of the Museum and the City Center. You will discover the highlights of the City Center and the beautiful Accademia Museum! 

$126.26 Transfers & Ground Transport

Tuscany Hotels to Rome Private Departure Transfer

When your Tuscan vacation is over, meet your friendly driver to travel directly to your Rome hotel or Rome Fiumicino Airport. Sit back and relax while using the onboard wifi, if you wish. The transfer service covers the provinces of Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Grosseto, Prato and Livorno, but does not cover Pisa, Pistoia, Massa, Carrara and Lucca.Whether you’re traveling individually, as a couple or in a group, your ground transport needs are covered by this private hotel and airport transport service from your hotel in Tuscany. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free end to your Tuscan vacation.When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details or Rome hotel details as well as your Tuscany hotel accommodation details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. Approximately 24 - 48 hours prior to your departure from Tuscany you will be required to reconfirm exact pickup time and place (the contact number will be provided on your travel voucher).Price shown is per person, based on 8 adults per car/vehicle.

$77.16 Outdoor Activities

Carrara: Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure

The marble quarries are enormous white wounds that open themselves along wild and abrupt slopes, where small men handle gigantic stone blocks. For the last 2000 years here, nature and man's work daily embrace and reject each other in order to supply the raw material for architectural and artistic works that embellish the squares, the palaces and the private buildings all over the world. Discover a fascinating reality, a combination of fatigue and brilliance, ancient sweat and modern technology. The world of marble is not just the excavation or processing of a stone, but the history of a territory and its population that have been synonyms of marble itself for ages. Get in touch directly with the people, places, instruments, machineries and daily gestures of an ancient knowledge. You will be driven inside a lot of different, active quarries, reaching an altitude of around 1000 meters above sea level, having many stops for technical explanations, taking pictures and seeing every single moment of the excavation. Enjoy an off-road route along the winding roads in the Colonnata Valley. Stopover inside another quarry and be provide with detailed explanations about the old and modern excavation systems. Transfer to an “open sky quarry” to take highly panoramic pictures and to receive more information about the quarry regulations. Then, you will be driven through the Miseglia Valley having a stopover inside a “terraced quarry,” before visiting an amazing “underground quarry.” Return to the starting point with a stop for a taste of the famous Lardo of Colonnata IGP. Get ready for an adventurous experience in Carrara.

$58.45 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Tour: Italian Breakfast and Accademia Gallery Guided Visit

This private tour will start in the morning, when you will have the opportunity to taste an authentic Italian espresso in a luxury and typical bar in the centre of Florence: it's the only one way to start our day and our tour together. It's an unique experience to discover our traditions and a lot of curiosity about our customs. Once you drunk a good Espresso or Cappuccino with some cookies and chocolate, you will visit the Cathedral Square and then the Academy Museum. This tour will allow you to discover the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David, the most famous statue in the world! Here you will also admire some unfinished works by Michelangelo, the "Prisoners", which will allow you to see how he carved the massive blocks of Carrara marble. The guide explanation includes a detailed introduction to Michelangelo's life and his extraordinary period.Ever the crowd pleaser, David was created by Michelangelo when he was just in his twenties, fresh from the glory of carving La Pietà. Sculpted entirely from local Carrara marble, the statue of the nude biblical hero is incredible to behold with life-like veins and muscles carved to precision as had never been done before. Standing at a lofty height of 17 feet (5.17 meters), the statue of David became a symbole the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family.After admiring David, visit other rooms with your guide to learn about other Middle Ages and Renaissance artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Perugino and Lippi. The Accademia Gallery is also home to the Museum of Musical Instruments and plasters of academic students.