THE MARBLE QUARRIES OF CARRARA

Not only are the Apuan Alps a region of unique and incomparable beauty – they also contain immense deposits of marble. The most famed and prized of these marbles are to be found in three principal gullies or canali: Torano, Miseglia, and Colonnata.
Experts estimate the total excavable marble field of Carrara to have a surface area of 67 km2 and a volume of 60,000 million cubic metres.
Excavation, transportation, and processing: these are the three key phases in marble production, the techniques of which have undergone a slow yet incessant evolution that reaches back over two thousand years. Few other sectors of industry can boast a similar pedigree, and in few other fields of human activity has progress been purchased at so high a price as in quarrying.
In this section we provide a brief account of the milestones along the two-thousand-year road in the development of the marble quarrying industry.

MARBLE
  EXCAVATION OF MARBLE
  TRANSPORTATION OF MARBLE
  MARBLE CUTTING
  VISITING THE MARBLE QUARRIES

THE TOWN OF CARRARA
  THE TOWN
  THE CENTRE
  MUSEUM AND EVENTS
  COOKING
  SPORTS

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