When it comes time to explore the city itself, you may be surprised: the local landscape isn’t what most tourists picture when dreaming of Tuscany. Cypress trees and rolling hills are swapped out for staggered quarries and sparkling white caps. But downtown life and activities on offer are far more dynamic than “set in stone,” so to speak.
Three suggestions for anyone in your group who’s still mentally on Day 1’s marble safari: the Civic Marble Museum, a relatively recent construction (1962-65) and former headquarters of the Internazionale Marmi Machines spa, or the high-level exhibitions at the Palazzo Cucchiari, run by the Fondazione Giorgio Conti, named after a 20th century marble entrepreneur. Last but not least the CARMI museum dedicated to the figure of Michelangelo and his relationship with the city of Carrara and marble.
For more contemporary-oriented marble madness, keep an eye out for events affiliated with White Carrara Downtown, an annual festival celebrating the city’s heritage. Or pop over to the Centro Arti Plastiche, which explores the evolution of sculpture from the 1950s up until today—marble has a starring role, of course, but is joined by bronze, polystyrene and other materials.