Viale Cristoforo Colombo, 51, Marina di Carrara, MS, Italia Marina di Carrara
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The territory of Carrara develops between the coast and the Apuan Alps, the historic center is gathered between the valley and the hills at the foot of the mountains, but the city also developed near the three large marble basins: Torano, Meseglia and Colonnata. Its origins are related to the extraction of the worldwide famous white marble. The first settlements date back to roman times when it was built a village for the workers of the quarries. Since then, the marble of Carrara will be used for many works of art throughout Italy. Feud of the bishops of Luni and then possession of the Cybo-Malaspina, already lords of nearby Massa, managed to create the great Duchy of Massa and Carrara. At the end of the nineteenth century became the capital of the anarchist movement in Italy supported especially by the workers of the quarries and by the stone carvers. Not to be miss in Carrara is the Cathedral of Sant'Andrea (Duomo) built between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries, the interior consists of a large central nave and two smaller aisles in which are kept many works of art including paintings, marble statues and others. The Ducal Palace or Palazzo Cybo-Malaspina stands out among the most interesting buildings in the city. Consists of a medieval castle, visible on the east side, and a Renaissance palace added later, visible on the west and southwest side. From 1805 houses the headquarters of the Academy of Fine Arts. The business of mining, processing and exporting the marble is still a strong point of the city, to the stone, also called white gold, is also dedicated a museum opened in 1982. In the six exhibition halls is retraced the history of the quarries from roman times to the industrial age and are exposed tools and objects found in the tunnels, modern machinery for the extraction and statues.|Carrara
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