Carrara-Marble Quarries + Essence of Cinque Terre (Full Day)

Carrara-Marble Quarries + Cinque Terre Shore Excursion from La Spezia

8 h

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3 max

8 max

Carrara-Marble Quarries + essence of Cinque Terre (Full Day)

By choosing the tour Carrara-Marble Quarries + Cinque Terre (Full Day) you will be able to discover the amazing Carrara Marble Quarries. This is the place where throughout 2000 years it has been excavated this white and shiny stone which has been used for building and decorating churches, palaces and cities in Italy and around the world. Donatello, Michelangelo, Bernini and many other sculptors and architects loved and still love to use this unique material for their works of art.

Travel through the majestic marble valleys, stop at panoramic lookouts and arrive up to 1000 mt. of altitude and enjoying breathtaking views of Carrara marble mountains, then visit an outside and a gallery marble quarries for comparing different methods of excavation and see something truly unique. Learn more about the tools, machines, and methods used throughout 2000 years for the excavation and transportation of marble.

To see from a distance trucks which incessantly challenge technical and human limits, makes us rise the wish to try the same thrill. Thanks to the special off road 4×4 vehicles and to highly skilled drivers, you’ll be driven in a magnificent and unique scenery, where extremely detailed information about both ancient and modern methods of marble extraction, will be given.

Lunch might be arranged in Cinque Terre or in Colonnata, the oldest quarry-men’s village, to experience an antique and unique food, the “lardo di Colonnata”, the only one of its kind in the world.

We’ll drive you to the Cinque Terre, the string of five old fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera in the region Liguria, that represents one of the most pristine natural areas of Liguria, with a landscape unique in the world, shaped by the famous dry-stone walls.

Personally, we advise you first to get in the village of Corniglia, the one with the most impressive view, just on top of the other 4 villages (cinque terre means “five lands / villages”); afterwards we could take you to Vernazza, the most fascinating of the five.

Corniglia

The coastline between Manarola and Corniglia is full of hidden treasures we will explore before reach the middle village of the Cinque Terre. Sitting 100 meters high on a cliff face, Corniglia is the only of the villages without a harbor and features a panoramic terrace where you can see Manarola and Riomaggiore to the south and Vernazza and Monterosso to the north.

Vernazza

The UNESCO majestic village of Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Vernazza was founded about 1000 A.D. and was ruled by the Republic of Genoa starting in 1276. The medieval castle, Belforte, was built in the mid-1500’s, primarily to protect the village from pirates. An ideal way to arrive to this breathtaking village is by sea. The tiny port is surrounded by subtle colorful pastels and the charming piazza is lined with good restaurants and bars. The village is surrounded by very steeply-terraced olive groves which are said to produce among the finest olive oil in the country. We can even stop at a characteristic wine cellar.

This is a sample itinerary, feel free to require further customization of the Cinque Terre and Carrara shore trips from La Spezia, that better suits your wishes.

  • Availability: all year round
  • Disables and reduced mobility people friendly: Yes, if requested
  • Tour duration: 4 hours
  • Activity Level: low (low/moderate/high)
  • Advised clothing: comfortable shoes and clothes
  • Pick up suggested: 9.00 am
  • Including: parking, tolls and fuel
  • Price: (per party, not per person), depending on duration, pick-up location and group size
  • Not included: admission ticket for churches and museums
  • Pick up location: your accommodation (cruises, hotels, villas, B&B, etc.)
  • NO hidden surprises, and your rate is confirmed before you book
  • Veh’s fleet is formed by exclusive private mercedes Sedan, Van and Bus
  • The drivers are licensed, insured, regulated and vaccinated
  • English speaking driver if requested
  • Thanks to our authorizations, we can access to any historical centres
  • Bottled water onboard
  • Highly competitive rates (same price, or even lower, than a normal taxi)
  • C-19 compliance standards
The driver will give you all the details about pick up times and meeting points and will always have a mobile with him, in case you decide to leave a destination earlier than scheduled, it can be arranged on the day. You will be provided with general information concerning Italy, plus a map if necessary/requested.
Please note that the driver is not able to leave the vehicle and accompany you to specific sites in the centre due to strict parking regulations in the city centres.
Upon debarkation
All cruise ship passengers must take one of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal, this takes approximately 5 minutes. Once you have arrived to the terminal, a representative from ITmoving.it will be at the terminal exit with a sign “ITmoving.it”.
Departure Point
Return Details
This activity will end right where it started.
Please note that admission tickets to the The Fantiscritti Quarry Museum are not included in the tour package. We recommend coordinating with us to determine the best times and itinerary for your visit, to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience. Our knowledgeable guides will be happy to provide recommendations and assist you with purchasing tickets in advance, to avoid any delays or inconvenience. Thank you for choosing our tour and we look forward to providing you with a memorable and stress-free experience.
Created with the aim of recalling the life of the quarrymen and the work in the quarry in ancient times, the Danesi Quarry Museum is not an active quarry but a testimony to the work in the quarries and the social conditions of the workers who labored there. The reconstruction of a hut, the laying of the helical wire, life-size marble oxen, and the tools of the quarrymen are some of the pieces in the collection. In the Danesi Quarry Museum, the quarrymen’s house is reproduced, a humble dwelling where large families lived, and the only “treasure” was the “nailed boots” without which the father could not go to work. The Danesi Quarry Museum is located in the Fantiscritti square, in a splendid panoramic position.

TERMS of SALES

Prices and availability are subject to change without notice. After booking a service, the agreed price will not change. Prices include all applicable taxes and fees, except the National Vat (10%)

BOOKING DEPOSITS

If you are booking a tour or shore trip or custom transfer, you will have to pay a non-refundable deposit to reserve your booking.
*Booking amounts for tour or shore trip service are calculated as 15% of the total cost of booked services. The remaining due balance will have to be settled once onboard.
*Booking amounts for custom transfer are calculated as 30% of the total cost of booked services. The remaining due balance will have to be settled once onboard.

CANCELLATION POLICY / NO-SHOW FEES

*Cancellations for SPRINTER/VAN/SEDAN service less than twelve (12) hours, will result in a cancellation fee equal to the full price of the trip fare plus any applicable fees incurred, parking, wait time, etc.

*Cancellations for COACH BUS and BUS service must be made by contacting the main office. A fifty (50) percent deposit is taken at time of reservation. This deposit is only refundable if cancelled seven (7) days prior to trip date.  If cancellation is made less than seven (7) days prior to reservation date for COACH BUS and BUS service, a cancellation fee equal to one hundred (100) percent of the trip total will be incurred. Deposits may be used for credit on future trips pending management approval.

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