Welcome to Pietrasanta


Founded in 1255 by Guiscardo da Pietrasanta, the podestà (governing magistrate) of Lucca, Pietrasanta was seen as a prize by Genoa, Lucca, Pisa and Florence, all of which jostled for possession of its marble quarries and bronze foundries. Florence won out and Leo X (Giovanni de' Medici) took control in 1513, putting the town's quarries at the disposal of Michelangelo, who came here in 1518 to source marble for the facade of Florence's San Lorenzo. Artists continue to work here, including internationally lauded Colombian-born sculptor Fernando Botero (b 1932), whose work can be seen here.

Pietrasanta is a great base for exploring the Apuane Alps and a lovely day trip from Pisa or Viareggio.


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$806.47 Private & Custom Tours

Pietrasanta, Colli di Luni, Carrara Private Shore Excusrion

Meet your private driver-guide at 8am as close as possible to your ship for the pleasant 45-minute drive to Pietrasanta, an old town of Roman origins rich in sculpting traditions and filled with workshops frequented by artists from all over the world. Visit the Bozzetti Sculpture Museum and get an insight into how artists make the marble come to life in a busy working artists studio. Some studios may request a small entry fee.Enjoy a coffee in the Piazza del Duomo before traveling up into the marble quarries of Carrara to discover vast amphitheaters of cut rock for spectacular views and delve into cavernous tunnels that open out into marble cathedrals. An immense cultural and historical patrimony, these mountains were first exploited by Julius Caesar and have supplied artists from Michelangelo to Henry Moore. Before your marble tour, stop to enjoy lunch in the quarryman's village of Colonnata, renowned for its lard cured in huge marble vats. There are two tours you can choose from here. Either take a guided tour to visit the inside of a working quarry (own expense), lasting approximately 40 minutes. You'll be taken into the heart of the Apuan Alps to discover a marvelous quarry carved deep inside the mountains of an almost lunar appearance with vast and cavernous rooms. The first section is conducted from a small tour bus and once inside the Ravaccione Quarry, know as the Marble Cathedral, you will be talked through the process of cutting and pulling marble blocks and you will see the working machinery (this is still an active quarry). A truly unforgettable experience with ancient origins stemming from the second century BC. Or, you may wish to join a thrilling 4x4 guided tour (own expense) travelling through a network of 30 open-air active quarries arriving at Quarry No 83, Canalgrande Alto, at an altitude of almost 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level. The scenery is almost lunar with views over the coast and the Ligurian sea. On the quarry site your tour guide will give you detailed information about methods and stages of excavation, from cutting to loading huge marble blocks on top of the trucks right in front of your eyes. Along the way, you will see where the exciting James Bond chase scene was filmed in Quantum of Solace. As you travel back to your ship, stop by a family-run vineyard to enjoy an afternoon winetasting in Colli di Luni, an area renowned for its Vermentino white wine (own expense). Arrival back in La Spezia is at approximately 5pm.

$161.29 Shore Excursions

Private Shore Excursion From Livorno To Carrara- David Marble Quarries and Pisa

Pisa and Carrara Marble Tour – Private Shore Excursion from Livorno After having met your driver at the cruiser terminal in Livorno (welcome sign with your name), sit back and enjoy your drive through the Tuscan countryside towards Pisa. Time to enjoy the highlights like: the Duomo, the most famous Bell Tower (The Leaning Tower) and the Baptistery. You have free time for your shopping and Gelato Tasting!Carrara Marble TourTour to the famouse quarries of carrara, where marble has been axtracted since the Roman time, including the blocks used by Michelangelo himself, as well Giotto, Donatello and Bernini( just to name a few ). Inspect the quarries and admire the breath taking views of the mediterranean sea. A nice lunch based on the famous “lardo di colonnata”, the traditional food eaten by the masons here for centuries, can be a nice opportunity to enjoy this part of Tuscany(lunch not included). We continue our tour and descend to the cost of Pietrasanta to admire a working marble studio and see where the stones are carved into magnificent works. Enjoy a guided visit of the historic center of Pietrasanta.General description“This is virtually impossible to imagine until you see it with your own eyes” could be the better description for this specific destination. Carrara marble is known and highly appreciated all over the world. The Carrara marble caves reveal a completely different show from what we are used to see. The majesty of the Apuan Alps is already a breathtaking sight that pays the cost of the ticket. If you consider the impressiveness of the caves, this tour has all the characteristics of a rarity not to be missed. 007 was Here in 2008 - "007 Quantum of Solace" (2008), as the set of the spectacular car chase that opens the film, directed by Marc Forster and starring Daniel Craig.Not enough for you? Come and try the famous Colonnata bacon …famous such the Michelangelo Bacon Breakfast ! Kind note: according the availability of the Carrara Marble Tour, the stop in Pisa will be before the Carrara Marble Tour or on the way back to LivornoAfter your tour, relax on the 60 minutes transfer back to your ship in Livorno.

$169.36 Shore Excursions

Private Shore Excursion From La Spezia To Carrara - David Marble Quarries and Pisa

Pisa and Carrara Marble Tour – Private Shore Excursion from Livorno After having met your driver at the cruiser terminal in Livorno (welcome sign with your name), sit back and enjoy your drive through the Tuscan countryside towards Pisa. Time to enjoy the highlights like: the Duomo, the most famous Bell Tower (The Leaning Tower) and the Baptistery. You have free time for your shopping and Gelato Tasting!Carrara Marble TourTour to the famouse quarries of carrara, where marble has been axtracted since the Roman time, including the blocks used by Michelangelo himself, as well Giotto, Donatello and Bernini( just to name a few ). Inspect the quarries and admire the breath taking views of the mediterranean sea. A nice lunch based on the famous “lardo di colonnata”, the traditional food eaten by the masons here for centuries, can be a nice opportunity to enjoy this part of Tuscany(lunch not included). We continue our tour and descend to the cost of Pietrasanta to admire a working marble studio and see where the stones are carved into magnificent works. Enjoy a guided visit of the historic center of Pietrasanta.General description“This is virtually impossible to imagine until you see it with your own eyes” could be the better description for this specific destination. Carrara marble is known and highly appreciated all over the world. The Carrara marble caves reveal a completely different show from what we are used to see. The majesty of the Apuan Alps is already a breathtaking sight that pays the cost of the ticket. If you consider the impressiveness of the caves, this tour has all the characteristics of a rarity not to be missed. 007 was Here in 2008 - "007 Quantum of Solace" (2008), as the set of the spectacular car chase that opens the film, directed by Marc Forster and starring Daniel Craig.Not enough for you? Come and try the famous Colonnata bacon …famous such the Michelangelo Bacon Breakfast ! Kind note: according the availability of the Carrara Marble Tour, the stop in Pisa will be before the Carrara Marble Tour or on the way back to La SpeziaAfter your tour, relax on the 70 minutes transfer back to your ship in La Spezia (Liguria Region).

$172.82 Shore Excursions

Private Shore Excursion From La Spezia To Carrara - David Marble Quarries and Lucca

Lucca and Carrara Marble Tour – Private Shore Excursion from Livorno After having met your driver at the cruiser terminal in Livorno (welcome sign with your name), sit back and enjoy your drive through the Tuscan countryside towards Lucca. At your arrival in Lucca, the Tuscany art town considered the birthplace of Romanic rich in architecture, you will have time to enjoy and climb the famous Guinigi Tower, the Duomo and enjoy a bike tour on the city wall. You have free time for Gelato in the famous Napoleon Square!Carrara Marble TourTour to the famouse quarries of carrara, where marble has been axtracted since the Roman time, including the blocks used by Michelangelo himself, as well Giotto, Donatello and Bernini( just to name a few ). Inspect the quarries and admire the breath taking views of the mediterranean sea. A nice lunch based on the famous “lardo di colonnata”, the traditional food eaten by the masons here for centuries, can be a nice opportunity to enjoy this part of Tuscany(lunch not included). We continue our tour and descend to the cost of Pietrasanta to admire a working marble studio and see where the stones are carved into magnificent works. Enjoy a guided visit of the historic center of Pietrasanta.General description“This is virtually impossible to imagine until you see it with your own eyes” could be the better description for this specific destination. Carrara marble is known and highly appreciated all over the world. The Carrara marble caves reveal a completely different show from what we are used to see. The majesty of the Apuan Alps is already a breathtaking sight that pays the cost of the ticket. If you consider the impressiveness of the caves, this tour has all the characteristics of a rarity not to be missed. 007 was Here in 2008 - "007 Quantum of Solace" (2008), as the set of the spectacular car chase that opens the film, directed by Marc Forster and starring Daniel Craig.Not enough for you? Come and try the famous Colonnata bacon …famous such the Michelangelo Bacon Breakfast ! Kind note: according the availability of the Carrara Marble Tour, the stop in Lucca will be before the Carrara Marble Tour or on the way back to La SpeziaAfter your tour, relax on the 70 minutes transfer back to your ship in La Spezia (Liguria Region).