A “marbelous” time in Colonnata, Carrara, Italy

High in the Carraran marble mountains (the Apuan Alps) lies Colonnata, a historic hamlet well worth a visit. The marble quarries are as active as ever, so the scenery is both beautiful and intriguing. There are marble statues everywhere and main piazza is even paved with marble.

Bosco isn’t too sure about this pig statue

 

An old fella

 

Bosco in the parking square, Piazza Palestro

 

Inspecting the Carraran marble that serves as humble pavement

 

Heading up to see the monument to mining, which includes pictographical tablets, a statue proudly demonstrating its fabulous outfit, and a peacock presiding over everything

 

Bosco checks out the tablets and imagines how painstaking early marble mining must have been

 

Al Cavatore

 

Bosco and Fran check out the mountainous terrain

 

Little roads criss-cross the mountain, leading to and from the quarries

The humans enjoyed a delicious sampling of local delicacies, including lardo – thinly sliced pork fat that has been cured for months in special marble enclosures, the way as it has been done here ever since Roman times.

Fran and Jeff enjoy some Colonnata delicacies during a thundershower while Bosco and a couple other little dogs snooze on the floor

 

Of course, like most of Italy, it’s a dog friendly place! the bulldog in the background guards a lovely marble shop

 

How marbelous!

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Steve says:

    Don’t lose your marbles!

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  2. Steve says:

    The photo of Bosco looking up at the pig statue is a good one. You just know what he’s thinking!

    Like

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