Located on the slopes of the Apuan Alps, the characteristic village of Colonnata develops upstream of the city of Carrara and is known worldwide for its lard, seasoned in the famous marble basins, and for its marble quarries.
The origins of Colonnata date back to 40 BC when the Romans displaced here a first settlement of slaves destined to the intensive exploitation of the quarries for the employment in Rome of the white Carrara marble.
Along the alleys of the town it is still possible to find traces of the original historical features that are found in the use of marble bodies left exposed in the walls, in the portals or in the jambs of doors and windows.
On the central square of the village stands the bell tower of stones, which stands out against the background of the view of the cave and in the square next to the church the Monument to the Cavatora, a sculptural group by Alberto Sparapani entirely executed in white Carrara marble.
The marble quarries of the Gualtiero Corsi S.r.l., the Cava 168 “Cima di Gioia” and the Cava 167 “Venedretta”, are located right here, in the Colonnata basin, what today is considered one of the largest extraction basins in Europe.
From the historic Cima di Gioia quarry, fascinating materials such as the Bianco Gioia are widely used in architecture and interior design.
From the Venedretta quarry are extracted important materials such as Bianco, Venato di Venedretta and Paonazzo, ideal for the creation of high design items.