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Historical Notes on Carrara

The town of Carrara rises in a territory that was once inhabited by some tribes Ligurian-Apuane, which in a seguido struggles and persecution were finally subjected by the Romans around sec.dC II

It was precisely the Romans, who after having settled in the territory, began to exploit fully its infinite resources, especially the marble quarries and the port city of Luni which will be a strategic point for trade and links with the remote regions of the empire.

E 'without doubt on the marble that focuses the history of Carrara, whose quarries were worked since the ancient Etruscans, even if it is under the reign of Augustus that the marbles of Luni acquired added value.

With the birth of the first sculptors comnciarono out the marbles to be processed to create statues and objects of decoration for luxurious and prestigious resident of emperors and celebrities. After the Roman period but the work was abandoned and then resume under the republic Pisana, several centuries later, when working the marble was one of the most famous Italian sculptors, Nicholas Pisano.

As for the city, Carrara got very late la propia independence, just think that for many years was initially subject to the Bishop of Luni, while at a later time was owned by Pisa, under the leadership of Castruccio Castracani from Spinola, by Visconti, the Cybo-Malaspina and the dukes of Modena.

Carrara in the Middle Ages it became a small principality, which then merged with Massa giving life to today province of Massa Carrara.

Carrara has interesting architectural structures, first of all the Duomo, with its magnificent facade and the fountain with a statue of Andrea Doria, which depicts the god Neptune.

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