|Massa, Malaspina Castle|
|Carrara, Piazza Gramsci|
The city also houses the Civic Marble Museum. The museum exhibits archeological artifacts recovered from caves, tools for the extraction and carving of marble from the time of Ancient Rome to today, and works of art by sculptors like Viani and Signori.
|Carrara, Ponte di Vara|
|Carrara, marble quarries|
On your way up to the quarries you can visit the small town of Colonnata. For hundreds of years this ancient village was the home of stone-cutters and miners who worked to extract marble.
Two other historic marble production centers near Carrara are Miseglia (better known as Fantiscritti) and Torano.
The northeast of Massa and Carrara is a mountainous area which is part of the Apuan Alps, with mountains reaching heights of nearly 2.000m. The Apuan Alps are unique due to their geo-morphological and naturalistic features. This 60 km long mountain range runs along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the territories of Lunigiana, Garfagnana and Versilia. The Apuan Alps Park is wild and uncontaminated and its mountains hide underground tunnels and deep wells. In fact, there are 1300 caves such as the Antro del Corchia, the deepest abyss in Italy, or the caves of Equi Terme, an old spa village in the Apuan Alps, where you can enter one of the three cavities: la Buca, le Grotte or la Tecchia.