A visit to the marble basins is
a must: you meet a patrimony which, according to some written
documents concerning Carrara, amounts to sixty thousand million
cubic metres of marble. The three big giants standing out behind
the town are Ravaccione, Fantiscritti and Colonnata basins
You get to the first taking the road which leads from Carrara
to Campocecina. You follow the road signs to Torano and from
here take the road to the first groups of quarries of the Apuan
Alps: Lorano, il Polvaccio (approx. 450 mts. a.s.l.) Crestola,
Bettogli, Zampone, Torrione, Boscaccio, Valpulpito, Battaglino.
The second trip leads to Fantiscritti, 630 mts. a.s.l., which
owes its name to the famous shrine dating back to the third
century A. C. and representing Hercules, Jove and Dionysus.
It was taken from the top of the quarry in June 1863 and is
now preserved in the academy of the fine arts in Carrara. To
get to the field you take the road to Miseglia which runs through
the Vara's bridges.
You meet on the way the quarries of Verdichiara,
Scaloni, Strinato, Canalgrande. A little eastwards there is
an ancient quarry, one of the many "Roman cutting"
which can be found in the apuan Alps and which witness the marble
activity recalling to Luni's trades. The basin of Colonnata
opens even more eastwards at a high of 500 mts a.s.l.. This
group of quarries dominates the homonymous mountain hamlet,
which can be reached through Codena and Bedizzano. Here they
are, the marble basins: Fossacava, Gioia, Tarnone, Belgia, Campanili,
Venedreta, La Piastra, Fontana, Canaloni.
A meandering road leads to Colonnata(8,5
km from Carrara). From its little square the road winds up,
through woods and marble fields, to Vergheto, a village which
was once inhabited by quarrymen, but has been now abandoned.
From here you can enjoy a very suggestive panorama of the surrounding
mountains and of Massa's marble basins. From Vergheto you can
get to Pisa shelter (1000 mts)
From Carrara to Torano
you get to La Piastra. From here a path leads to Campocecina
(1320 mts. a.s.l.). For this mountain walk, which will take
approx. 2 hours, one needs to be used to walking.
3-Carrara-Campocecina-Foce di Giovo
From Campocecina a mountain road, crossing villages like Gragnana
climbs up to the CAI shelter. Many paths branch off from the
shelter, leading to the quarries of Mount Sagro (1743 mts),
to Foce di Vinca (1333 mts), to the Garnerone shelter, also
owned by CAI, to Foce di Giovo and so on..
4-Carrara-Vinca- Equi Terme
Following the same road to Campocecina, you get to the Majestic
junction, where the Spolverina road leads to Vinca (808 mts).
From Vinca's village, Monzone, which is renowned for its bakeries
and its bread, many paths branch off. They lead to Foce di Giovo,
and Val Serenaia and they cross the Mount Pizzo d'Uccello northwards
and the Mount Grondilice southwards.
From Vinca going back by car to Monzone and taking a road on
the right, you can reach