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Carrara: the capital of white marble

Carrara is known worldwide for its white marble, and is the headquarters of the Apuan-Versilia marble industry. During Antiquity, the city was founded around the white marble mountains and artists from all over the world went to Carrara to choose a piece of this “white gold” for their works. Carrara is located close to the Ligurian Sea, in north-western Tuscany, in a province that extends from the coast to the Apuan Alps.  

There are many things to see as you stroll through Carrara’s historic centre, but you might not know that the centre was actually originally located around what is today piazza Duomo, with settlements as early as the Roman era, who used the marble from the nearby quarries to build monuments. For an idea of what you might see walking around Carrara, check out our suggestions below.