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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$43.73 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.

$56.39 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.

$67.90 Kid Friendly

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! 

$124.29 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.

$632.94 Tours & Sightseeing

Padua, Venetian villas along Brenta riviera private full day tour with driver

At 9:00am, you will meet your professional English speaking driver at the car terminal of Venice (Piazzale Roma) for your full day excursion. After 40 minutes driving distance along a highway, you will reach Padua, one of the most important art cities in Italy. The city, that was an important Roman Empire site which very little is left today, develops from the Middle Ages under the rule of the Carrara family. Worth a note, its university center dates back to 1222, just after the one of Bologna. As an art city, we can admire a masterpiece of the Italian medieval art: the Scrovegni Chapel that Giotto frescoed to the Carrara family. It is required a pre-booked ticket to visit this building that must be purchased from their website. Close by the church of the Hermits where Mantegna made some masterpiece of the Venetian Renaissance. Unfortunately today we can see just part of these frescoes because the rest was lost during a World War II bombing raid. Padua is also the city of St Anthony. In the basilica there are the relics of the saint, an important religious site visited by pilgrims coming from all over the world. And near this area, for botany lovers (and not only), we find the first university botanic garden in Europe. Founded in 1545, it is included the UNESCO World Heritage List, and member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Of particular value is the historic center with the Herbs squares and remarkable buildings. Worth a stop the Caffé Pedrocchi, the historic site of the Italian Risorgimento. This can be a right solution for your lunch. On your way back to Venice you will drive along the Brenta waterway that is the most famous and attended itinerary among those suggested to visit the Venetian villas. A waterway long about forty kilometers, which links Venice to Padua by tracing the course of an ancient branch of the river Brenta. From the fifteenth century, it was channeled and harnessed by locks for the navigation. You will have time to visit Villa Pisani (now National Museum), a huge and imposing complex built in the eighteenth century. After a coffee break in a picturesque little town along the river, you will return back to Venice, at the same place from where you started your tour. This day excursion will end approximately at 5pm.

$632.94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Padua, Vicenza Medieval Renaissance paintings and architecture

At 9:00am, you will meet your Driver-guide at the car terminal of Venice (Piazzale Roma) for your full day excursion. After 40 minutes driving distance along a highway, you will make the first stop in Padua, one of the most important art cities in Italy, for a morning visit.   Padua was a Roman city of which very little is left today. From the Middle Ages, the town develops with churches and palaces under the rule of the Carrara family. And it became an important university center that dates back to 1222, just after Bologna. In this town, we can admire a masterpiece of the Italian medieval art: the Scrovegni Chapel that Giotto frescoed to the Carrara family. It is required a pre-booked ticket to visit this building that must be purchased from their website.    Padua is also the city of St Anthony. In the basilica there are the relics of the saint, an important religious site visited by pilgrims coming from all over the world. And near this area, for botany lovers (and not only), we find the first university botanic garden in Europe. Founded in 1545, it is part of the Unesco World Heritage List, and member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Of particular value is the historic center with the Herbs squares and remarkable buildings. Worth a stop the Caffé Pedrocchi, the historic site of the Italian Risorgimento. This can be a right solution for your lunch. After lunch, you will will leave the town of Padua to Vicenza, located at about 40 minutes driving distance by highway. Vicenza is a town listed as Unesco World Heritage where you can find masterpieces of the greatest architect of the Venetian Renaissance: Andrea Palladio. Some of those buildings are Villa La Rotonda, the Olympic Theatre, and several palaces in the historical center. His work creates an architecture style known as Palladian which it spreads to England and other European countries, as well as to North America. On the hilly side of the town that follows the edge of the Bacchiglione river, you will have time to visit 2 important venitian villas: Villa Rotonda by Palladio and Villa Valmarana ai Nani famous for the frescoes of Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo. After a coffee break, you will return back to Venice, at the same place from where you started your tour. This day excursion will end  around 6pm.