Carrara is the world capital of the marble that has been connected with the marble for ages. You can't miss such a tourist itinerary: in fact, here you can go into several kinds of querries such as the white marble quarries, open-air quarries, well-like quarries, caves and in tunnels, while you can enjoy the picturesque landscape around you.
The Apuan Alps gave rise the digging out of too many minerals such as the iron ore since the ancient time, but they are so famous for the Marble mining; even during the Roman Times it was used for the palaces and the statues. Some artists, such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Canova modelled it for their greatful works of art during the folowing time.
The activity for the mining was very hard till some years ago, and the it happened in difficoult circumstances. The great blocks of marble were slung up by some big ropes and let them slide down by too many workers along the so-called Vie di Lizza, inclined steep slopes. The marble put on this paths was let slide by inserting some round trunks of beeches just called Lizze. In fact, the Via di Lizza takes its name just from this round trunks, or, better, from the all slide with the slung up marble. A lot o this Vie di Lizza, placed in out-of-used quarries, are surely and compulsory indicated in the maps and they are signaled by the C.A.I.'s guides and they can be covered with some experience.