We wish to let you know a different and fascinating reality, a combination of fatigue and brilliance, ancient sweat and modern technology. The world of marble is not just the excavation or processing of a stone, but the history of a territory and its population, that have been synonyms of marble itself for ages.
The quarries, the techniques and the history, as well as the quarrymen’s villages, their thousand-year habits and customs, their language, their food and everyday life
In 1757 Maria Teresa d’Este, duchess of Massa and princess of Carrara, already planned the construction of the Academy in order to promote the teaching of the three arts: painting, sculpture and architecture. Carrara’s Academy of Fine Arts has been officially established on September 26th 1769, in order to continue the artistic tradition and to support marble industry and commerce (this is why has been established only the courses of sculpture and architecture).
One of Europe’s oldest Academies settled (since 1810) into the prestigious complex formed by the Castle and by Cybo-Malaspina Palace (11th-17th cent.).
Around the 1000 A.C., among different and significant events, the great cathedrals begin to raise all over the Europe, cities’ religious and social hearths, God’s and men’s houses.
In times characterized by terrible poverties (but also by remarkable intellectual, spiritual, artistic achievements) a widespread sentiment of hope in the supernatural mitigated the everyday life precariousness.
An exhaustive and spectacular visit of Michelangelo’s sites, to retrace and understand how it has been possible the realization of Renaissance’s masterpieces.
Your personal tour Guide will lead you, though the three Carrara’s marble valleys, up to inside Michelangelo’s quarry.