Situated at the foot of the Apuan Alps, this city owes its worldwide reputation to the white marble which stands above it. And its marble can be seen everywhere in the city: squares, buildings, façade frames, everywhere you can admire the Man’s skill in working marble.
Piazza Alberica is one of the most important squares, the meeting place of the town, bordered on one side by the Palazzo dei Conti del Medico and on the other side by the old Logge, in the centre is the statue of Maria Beatrice d’Este sculpted in 1827.
The most important piece of work in Carrara is the Duomo, built over 300 years. Started in 1000, it is an example of the different changes in styles, from Romanic to Gothic, with a Pisan style façade. The “rosette” which dominates the front door is a masterpiece of sculpture.
In the marble laboratories you can see the working of shapeless blocks into complete masterpieces. During the Biennale di Scultura which alternates in the years with the Simposio di Scultura, the city centre becomes a real outdoor workshop.
You have to taste the Lardo di Colonnata, once the food of poverty-stricken quarrymen, today a delicacy well known throughout the world. Obtained after a six months-seasoning in marble basins, on a bed of natural sea salt, ground black pepper, fresh peeled garlic, rosemary and sage.