La Città della Nascita di Davide

David’s Birth City


Michelangelo’s David is one of the most famous Italian statues – and Carrara is where he came from. Carrara is a quarry town for while marble in northern Italy.

Marble/Quarrying Museum

It is a tourist site … but apparently not in January. We pretty much had the place to ourselves. Well, us and the trucks carting out huge blocks of marble.

Following the map, and making a turn into this ridiculous tunnel was one of the umpteenth times I’ve realized there must not be as many lawyers in Italy as there are in the US. It was where the map told us to go – but when an 18 wheeler full of marble came up behind us and the road seemed to go nowhere but down … we were a little nervous. Fortunately, we found the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

Lardo di Colonnata

After checking out the quarries, we headed way up to a tiny hilltop miners’ town called Colonnata. (Famous for Lardo di Colonnata – which looks like bacon, except it’s 99% fat.)


It was pretty completely deserted, but I found a cute little shop where I bought a white marble tray, and the views were pretty amazing.


It was pretty neat to visit the workers town – though I get the impression that like a lot of small Italian towns, it is dying as the working generation retires, and the young people leave for the big cities.

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2 responses to “La Città della Nascita di Davide

  1. Lorena

    My husband had told me that you two had a funny story from this trip. He still laughs out loud thinking about it. I had been meaning to ask you the details…now I only want to hear more and have you tell it to me in person. The photos do help, though. :) Another fun-filled travel story form Kate and Ryan…

  2. Pingback: Dov’è la Fine del Tunnel | Tante Avventure

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