Many associate Tuscany with its most representative cities, however the Carrara area has much to offer visitors. Many of the churches, statues and some of the most famous monuments of the region, and of the world, have often been made with “white gold”, the marble, symbol of the city. The Pantheon, Michelangelo’s David, Wel-lington’s arch in London but also the Taj Mahal were all made with Carrara marble. In addition to the marble quarries, the city hosts academies of sculpture and fine arts, a museum of statues and antiquities and an annual fair dedicated to the technology of marble. The local marble is exported all over the world, and even the marble from other countries has been modelled and sculpted commercially here.
Carrara is famous for being the world capital of marble. Carrara is a language of marble that, from the top of the Apuan Alps, runs towards the valley and then plunges into the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The main attractions to see are:
Cathedral (Duomo, 12th century).
Palazzo Ducale, now home to the Academy of Fine Arts. Built on a pre-existing Longobard fortification, it dates back to the reign of Guglielmo Malaspina, becoming in 1448 a permanent seat of the dynasty. It comprises two distinct buildings: the Malaspina Castle, dating back to the 13th century, and the Renaissance palace, begun by Alberico I at the end of the 16th century. Under the medieval loggia, several Roman finds are exhibited.
Baroque church and convent of San Francesco, built in 1623-64 by order of Charles I Cybo-Malaspina.
Chiesa del Suffragio, begun in 1686 and designed by Innocenzo Bergamini and renovated in the 19th century. The facade has a large marble portal in Baroque style, sculpted by Carlo Finelli and surmounted by a bas-relief with the “Madonna and the souls of Purgatory”.
Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie in Lugnola, consecrated in 1676 to a design by Alessandro Bergamini.
Church of Santa Maria Assunta, in Torano. It has a 16th century façade with a portal from 1554.
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