Why choose a cruise to Marina di Carrara?

As you approach the port in Marina di Carrara, you can’t help but be awestruck by the vistas of majestic white mountains overlooking the city. What might be mistaken as snow-capped peaks is actually pristine marble, which has be used to create some of Italy’s most famous landmarks, including Rome’s Pantheon and Trajan’s Column.

A Marina di Carrara cruise takes you to Tuscany’s coast, just a stone’s throw from some of Italy’s most famous cities. Head inland for world-class art and architecture in Florence, or journey along the coast to see the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Leaning tower of Pisa

A guide to Marina di Carrara’s hotspots

When you dock at Marina di Carrara cruise terminal, it’s just a 20-minute drive into Carrara. Known as the Marble City, the distinctive white stone has been mined since Roman times, and you’ll see evidence of it everywhere you look, from the grand buildings to the benches on the street. Visit the magnificent 12th-century cathedral and Ducal Palace, take a tour of the marble quarries or visit one of the quirky marble museums.

On your way to Pisa from the port, you’ll travel through Tuscany’s beautiful countryside. Stop off at the village of Torre del Lago, nestled on the shores of the picturesque Lake Massaciuccoli. Explore this natural oasis with a relaxing boat ride and admire the fauna and flora, including pink hibiscus, eucalyptus trees, wild poplars and a variety of birdlife.

Pisa’s star attraction is its historic square – Campo dei Miracoli – where you’ll find architectural masterpieces including the cathedral, baptistry and the famous Leaning Tower. Climb to the top of this wonky wonder for fantastic views of the city, then explore the many sun-kissed piazzas and bustling street life.

Home to some of the world’s most celebrated works of art, Florence is a culture vulture’s paradise. Head to the historic centre to see the 13th-century cathedral, the iconic Duomo and the Giotto’s Campanile bell tower. The city’s also has a great selection of museums showcasing paintings and sculptures from Michelangelo and Botticelli.

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Cruise lines that sail to the port of Marina di Carrara

Marella Cruises

The best time to visit Marina di Carrara

Summer is the best time to visit Carrara and the surrounding area. There are cultural events known as the Carrara marble weeks running throughout this time of year, which feature live music, art and photography. High season for Pisa and Florence is from June to August, when temperatures reach the high 20s.

If you prefer cooler temperatures and less crowds, visit outside the summer months, from April to June or September to October. In Tuscany, autumn marks the grape-harvesting season, while the countryside is particularly splendid in the spring when the trees and meadows burst into life.

Did you know?

  • Carrara marble was used to make London’s Marble Arch
  • The marble was used for Michelangelo’s sculpture Pietà, as well as many other Renaissance buildings and sculptures
  • Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo da Vinci all created famous masterpieces in Florence, many of which are still there today
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built in three stages over 344 years
  • Several other towers in Pisa also lean due to uneven foundations, including several church bell towers