From the coast, the Apennine Mountains to the east of Carrara in Tuscany seem to shine brilliant white from the glaciers at their summits. Then you realise the peaks aren’t tall enough to support glaciers this far south.
In fact, the white shine comes not from snow and ice, but from the marble that makes up part of this section of the Apennines, the mountain chain that runs down the spine of Italy.
The highest-quality Carrara (often misspelled Carrera) marble is relatively fine-grained and particularly favoured by sculptors, including Michelangelo.
Marble from Carrara has also been used in the construction of buildings around the World, from the Pantheon in Rome to the Palacio Legislativo in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Just as impressive in their own way, are the quarries from which as much as a million tons of marble are extracted each year. Around 650 separate quarries have been documented, some dating back to Roman times. Over the centuries they’ve produced more marble than anywhere else in the World.
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