CARRARA MARBLE QUERRIES & COLONNATA/SARZANA/VOLASTRA



Driving Time by car/Minivan
La Spezia-Carrara : 45 min
Carrara - Sarzana/Volastra/Colonnata: 20 min
Colonnata/Sarzana/Volastra - La Spezia : 1h

By minibusses and busses driving times are 20% longer ( busses have the engine limited at 100km/h
- 60mls/H Minibuses and buses often have to follow the regulations of the checkpoints in the more important Italian cities: Rome, Florence, Venice, Mantua, Montecatini, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano. This is an access tax to the major Italian towns of historical and artistic interest. It refers to every bus with 9 passengers + driver or more. Plase for more infos see the dedicatedpage in this website http://www.privatetuscanytours.com/en/Helpful-information/

Any vehicle is hired : Car, Van, Minibus and Bus, the itinerary do not change.
During this tour we do not have any particular restrictions for Busses.
Is always better to hire a tour assistant for group by busses

From La Spezia to reach Carrara we must drive throught the A12. Parallel road along the Aurelia Road
(second oldest road built in Italy by Romans).
The landscape start to be impressive since the moment we take the hightway. On your right the
seaside and on your left the marble mountains chain of mountain called Alpi Apuani. Before arriving in the heart
of the Marble Valley
we can stop at one of the best panoramic lookouts from where you can enjoy the most beautifull view
Carrara marble quarries, private shore trip from Livorno to the Michelangelo's marble quarries,
workshops of sculpture and quarry-men's village.
There are many active marble Querries . Included the Michelangelo's Marble Querry. Is possible to visit them.
Your driver-Guide or your assistant will teach you everything about them . Ancient and modern tchniques
to estract the Marble and its transportation.
Very often is possible to get into the caves by jeep organized by your Tour assistant or your Deriver-Guide
in advance. Your driver takes you till an area where you 'll find the person will take you inside the caves by Jeep.
Is Lunch time and with your driver you will reach Colonnata , the most popularand oldest querrymen's village
There in a local restaurant you 'll enjoy typical progucts , very tasty and unusual, as the Lardo Di Colonnata
(cured pig's back-fat)
After Lunch , the best way end up your tour is to go back toward La Spezia and stop in Carrara where you can
visit an art workshop and see great artist create with those majestic big block of Marble.
After the visit of this laboratory is time to go back to the Harbour of La Spezia
Instead of visit Carrara and the Laboratory , you can have wine tasting and tour of the cellar in a wine estate in Volastra or Sarzana . These are the best place for the production of wite wine % Terre Wine and of the spectacular olive oil .


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Testimonials

  • Shore Excursion from Livorno Harbour to Florence and Pisa

    Santiago Family from POrtorico. Shore Excursion to Pisa and Florence , back to the harbour. Thanks for travelling with us . Read more
  • Flavia Saiad

    After some days in Tuscany , here there are at the Station ready for another Italian's adventure Read more
  • Karen & Jhon from Boston

    E-mail dated back Septmber 2019
    Hi Sylvia - its' hard to believe but in a few weeks it will be a year since our wonderful trip to Tuscany and our three days of touring with you. We've told many, many people about our three days touring with you in Tuscany! We love to tell the story of the guy in the

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  • Judith Wolfe on Behalf of Linda Wolfe October 2018

    Dear Silvia,My customers have returned from their long extended trip to Italy. San Gimignano was their 1st stop.They said the tour you arranged was wonderful and the guide made it especially good, saying that he is one of the best they ever had.They also really enjoyed the lunch stop and view.Thank you... Read more
  • Mrs. Maristela Azevedo

    Hello, Silvia, how are you?
    I’d like to thank you for the great time you gave us!!!We loved everything!
    I told my husband that, the next time, we will rent an apartment in San Gimignano…and you will take us to the wineries…He loved it!
    Thank you very much for everything. It was everything wonderful!!!... Read more
  • Jaime Otero y Jose Carlos Gonzalez Bonilla

    Silvia: mille grazie per un giorno magnifico! Ha stato benissimo. We really enjoyed your company and the enthusiasm you brought to the tour. When we get back to Puerto Rico, I will look for you on Facebook.
    Saludos,
    Jaime Otero y Jose Carlos Gonzalez Bonilla Read more
  • Shane Quintard

    Ciao Silvia!

    Grazie ancora per il grande tour di Siena e San Gimignano - io e mia moglie e amici aveva un grande momento e che era esattamente quello che speravamo! La cantina è stata una scelta eccellente, come pure! Abbiamo lasciato ieri (1 febbraio) e ha fatto arrivare a casa in modo sicuro, nonostante ... Read more
  • Carole Gaddis

    Hi Silvia,  It's so good to hear from you.  We're fine.  We had six days at home after Tuscany and then flew to South Korea for two weeks!  We've just returned, exhausted!
    We had such a great time with you, Silvia.  The tip could never be enough to show our appreciation for your kindness and help.  ... Read more
  • The British Institute of Florence

    Gentile Silvia,  La volevo ringraziare per la sua disponibilità riguardo la gita di sabato.  Le signore le hanno fatto tutte molti complimenti per la sua guida!
    Grazie e a presto,
    Cordiali saluti,
    Liz Read more
  • Mrs Elizabeth ( wedding Planner ) Original Tuscan Wedding

    Ciao Silvia,
    Ecco i complimenti dalle Sposi del 16 Ottobre!!
    Our driver Johnny was so awesome!  He drove us all over the Chianti region.  He took us to a few wineries and we had a private tour of one of the wineries including a wine tasting and oil tasting.  He even took us into a store with a cellar ... Read more