Colonnata, a Village Nestled in the Marble Mountain Apuan Alps

Colonnata is a hamlet of the “comune” of Carrara. The ancient village was probably one of the oldest settlement in the area during the Roman time. It was built to house the slaves used in quarrying marble after Rome decided to replace expensive imported Greek marble with local marble. It is a nice stop over if you drive through the Carrara’s marble route.

A public sitting corner made of marble, Colonnata, Northern Tuscany
A public sitting corner made of marble, Colonnata, Northern Tuscany

From the church square in the village centre you can see that the village is entirely nestled in the surrounding marble mountains. If you book an Exclusive Marble Cave Jeep Tour Adventure,
you will have the chance to visit this village.

San Bartolomeo parish church

This small village has maintained some of its historic features, such as the use of marble in murals, doorways, windows and other architectural features such as the sixteenth-century  “San Bartolomeo” parish church has a marble interior.

Statue “Christ of the quarrymen”

A statue “Christ of the quarrymen” stands as a memorial to the lives in the caves. His face looks upwards to the mountain top. There is a relief next to the statue with some illustrations showing how marble production looked like in the past.

A Statue facing up

The Colonnata Lard

There is a small supermarket in the town centre. It sells a typical local food, Colonnata lard. It is made in the town of Colonnata and its history is as old as the village itself.  Only a few kilometres away from Carrara in the Apuane Alps this pork lard is cured in local marble. Layers of lard are flavored with sea salt, seasoned with ground black pepper, fresh rosemary and garlic cloves.  Then the lard is matured in marble tanks for the following 6-10 months.

In front of the local supermarket in Colonnata, northern Tuscany
In front of the local supermarket in Colonnata, northern Tuscany
Colonnata lard sold in the local surpermarket, Colonnata innorthern Tuscany
Colonnata lard sold in the local surpermarket, Colonnata innorthern Tuscany

The Colonnata Lard was the main food for quarrymen accompanied with a slice of bread and onion etc. Its rich nutrition provided quarrymen the basic energy during their working. Today it is used in many recipes. Lardo di Colonnata is great with Italian sheep milk cheeses,  good for cooking, sometimes combined with fish.



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