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Colonnata: Carrara Marble Quarries Tour by Jeep

Colonnata: Carrara Marble Quarries Tour by Jeep

Activity provider: Timonfaya Travel Lanzarote

From US$ 72.49 per person

Jump on a jeep and start exploring stunning marble caves with your expert guide. Savor the real taste of Colonnata with a slice of the delicious Lardo di Colonnata.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy an adventurous jeep tour in the Carrara marble caves
  • Learn about the excavation process
  • Follow the winding roads of the Colonnata Valley
  • Taste the delicious Lardo di Colonnata
Full description

Look inside the vast white wounds that open up on the wild slopes of Carrara. Learn how the quarries have provided marble to towns and cities across Italy for more than 2,000 years.

Hear about the history of the marble used to build the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Ancient Rome, along with many sculptures of the Renaissance. Drive to different active quarries of up to 1,000 meters above sea level. Get in touch with the people, places, and machinery of an ancient tradition. Follow the winding roads of the Colonnata Valley and get detailed explanations about the old and modern excavation process. Before visiting a unique underground quarry, take panoramic pictures of a terraced quarry in the Miseglia Valley. Stop to taste some Lardo di Colonnata IGP on the way back to the starting point. Enjoy this traditional charcuterie product obtained from pork fat and cured in marble bowls.

Includes
  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: English, Italian

  • Transport
    • Transport by jeep / suv

  • Food & drink
    • Glass of wine, water

Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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  • Water
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 40 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5

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We opted for the long tour with a visit to an open marble quarry and an underground quarry (transport via jeep 4x4 - 8 people per jeep). After a serious climb uphill we first arrived in the open quarry. The sight of the marble quarry is overwhelming. We received expert and extensive explanations in English from an experienced guide (also our driver). Then we drove to the underground quarry where workers were still at work. Impressive ! For this visit we were given safety clothing (helmet - fluorescent vest). The visit to the quarries took more than 2 hours in total and is well worth the time and money. It was an unforgettable experience. For your information: just before the meeting point (red house) there is a souvenir shop, where you can buy marble objects at a reasonable price (without obligation). You can also have a drink there. You can park in front of this store.

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July 31, 2022

The tour was very interesting, but unfortunately not as described. The Lardo di Colonnata IGP tasting did not exist. Upon request we were sent to a small shop. The saleswoman was very rude and only said "No" when we asked about the tasting. Really a shame at the price per person from 6 years!

October 24, 2021

Great time with professional and attentive guides. We were late and Gabriel did what was necessary to allow us to join the group and enjoy this visit. The careers are impressive, the comments informative (and in very good French) and the 4 * 4 ride rich in thrills. We recommend !

August 4, 2021

Product ID: 396769