Situated at the foot of the Apuan
, Carrara is word-wide famous for its white marble
quarries which surround the town.
To admire this precious material walk around the town and you will see
how it has been used to decorate the squares, the buildings, and the
cornices of facades. There isn't a place where you cannot but appreciate
man's ability to work this stone.
Of the main squares, Piazza Alberica is the most noteworthy: flanked on
one side by Palazzo Del Medico and on the opposite side by the old loggias.
In the centre there is the statue of the Duchess, Maria Beatrice dEste
erected in 1827. One of the most important palaces is the Fine
(Accademia di Belle Arti).
But the town's crowning glory is the Cathedral, built over
a period of 300 years. Started in the 11th century, it is a fine example
of a variety of styles, ranging from the Romanesque to the Gothic and the
dichromate facade is unmistakably Pisa style. The rose-window above the
portal is a masterpiece in marble.