The first stage of one’s visit to the quarries generally leads to Colonnata, an ancient village perched 532 meters above sea level. According to traditions, this hamlet was founded by the Romans to house the slaves who worked in the area’s quarries. The quarries of the Colonnata area are by far the most imposing of the Apuan basin. They offer a superb view of the so-called ‘ravaneti’, or spectacular white marble build-up that one can see on the mountainsides of the Serrone Maggione and the Spallone. Nestled amidst their summits you’ll find the Gioia basin: a quarry complex that offers a stunning view that is entirely unique.
Source: City of Carrara