Carrara is known throughout the world for its first class, white marble. But upon hearing this name, hardly anyone thinks of the city at the foot of high Apuanic Alps.
For thousands of years, shiny Carrara marble from northern Tuscany has been sought after by artists and builders alike.
Large white patches on high mountainsides are reminiscent of snowy fields and point the way to the city of marble from afar.
The excellent stone from Carrerra has been used on meaningful works such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michelangelo's David and the chapel of the Florentine Dome.
The masters of their era sought out this material and were often guests of the city.
Living with marble
Realising the value of Carrara, many different leaders tried to gain control of the area throughout the centuries. So many, that the residents of Carrara decided to take their fate into their own hands and are seen as very politically active to this day.
People still make a living from marble today, it is present everywhere. In the less attractive new town, as well as in the small historical centre of Carrara, modern buildings shine and old Palazzi gleam with the white stone.
The edified heart of Carrara is the elaborate dome Sant'Andrea Apostolo. In the old town, the central, marble decorated Piazza Alberica with its mediaeval houses invites you to linger. more
©2004-2011 Ferienlive.de | v6.85
Reproduction, editing, circulation and any form of utilisation of texts, photos, graphics or other data outside the limits of copyright laws are subject to the express permission of us.