"In Carrara and the mountains of Carrara There are many different quarries, and of which our great Michelagnolo, as in his person among those cave, with great difficulty and time and they chose one, and from which they lead all the figures that are veggie of his hand in the sacristy St. Lawrence "
Benvenuto Cellini

"I wish I could one day die without death under waterfalls white infusero to life in my hands and faces and bodies of winged forms that do not love more
Carlo Verdone

"Her beauty lives in all the marbles. This I heard with regret of un'ansiet? made and fervor, one day in Carrara, while she m'era next Dall'Alpi and looked down the great horse that dragged aggiogati already carra of marbles. One aspect of its perfection, was closed to me in each of these rocks tell. I seemed to be from you, toward the mineral brute, one thousand animators like sparks from a torch shock. We had to pick a lock. I remember it was a clear day. The marbles placed in the sun will shine as the eternal snow. Udivamo at intervals of the diamond mines that pierces the silent depths of the mountain. Do not forget that hour, even if die once "
Gabriele D'Annunzio


International Biennale of Sculpture
Various venues, Summer

Internationally renowned sculptors participating in this event extemporaneous. For 2007 will take place in the biennial exhibition at great artist Pietro Tacca carrarese.

Various venues, July-August
Festival of music, drama and dance

Useful numbers
Tourist Information
Viale XX Settembre
Phone 0585 844136

Getting there

  • In Car
  • By train
    You should get off at Carrara-Avenza.
  • By Plane
    From Pisa you can reach by public transport station of Carrara-Avenza.


The first settlements in the territory carrarese go back to the ninth century BC, when the area is clear occupied by Liguri. During the Roman domino begins the intense exploitation of marble quarries, used to fall of as a refuge away from the coast beaten by barbarians. Many people have followed the Carrara area, including the Lombards and Byzantines. When they were defeated by Charlemagne, the city became a fief of the bishops of Luni, whose authority was weakened over the centuries by continuous clashes with the local population and especially the Marquis Malaspina which could ultimately have the better. Having grown between Trecento and Quattrocento, in the Florentines, then under Lucchesi with Castruccio Castracani and finally under Milanesi of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Carrara returned in 1473 under the dominion of the Malaspina. The duchy is intended to stand for several centuries , until the end of the eighteenth century when, during the Napoleonic Empire, signoreggia in Tuscany Baciocchi Elisa Bonaparte. With the Restoration, Carrara is delivered to the Duchy of Modena which was part of until the advent of the Kingdom of Italy.