Colonnata

Colonnata, Carrara: Address, Colonnata Reviews: 4.5/5

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Marina R
Rome, Italy284 contributions
Late lunch tasting at Colonnata
Aug 2020 • Family
Fantastic experience to taste directly on site, in the very location where the world renown Lardo is produced.
We had a selection of “affettati”
amongst which a superb lardo literally melting on warm Sgabei (the Tuscan panzerotti as they are called there).
Coppa, guanciale, prosciutto.
Picturesque terrace overlooking the caves/mountains of the quarries.
Were lucky to find a close by parking spot and enjoyed our break after the tour of the Cave di Marmo.
Great stuff. We bought lots of lardo for us and for gifts
Written 4 August 2020
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Arttraveller
Province of Rome, Italy17 contributions
Great food, history and trekking.
Jul 2020
Colonnata is a small town rich in history and traditions, located in the Apuan mountains, in the area of the marble quarries. Famous for its "lard from Colonnata", the village offers not only great food and a breathtaking view, but also the possibility of trekking for beginners too. Excellent restaurants. It is really worth.
Written 12 July 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,251 contributions
Very interesting marble quarry
Aug 2019 • Family
Colonatta is a little village, where you can visit Cantera di Colonatta (Colonatta quarry), where this well-known marble stones are extracted from Roman Period. The town is located not so far from Pisa, in Italy. We visited the remains of this quarry, where you can see the exact place, where stones are extracted in some periods in the past from Roman Period until not so many centuries ago. Really, it is an interesting place for history and art-lovers because these stones were used to do statues or important buildings in the past. I came here with my 3 years old daughter (in August-20199) and she liked very much playing in the way.
(See also Marble Caves of Carrara, Cava Museo Fantiscritti and Cava di Marmo al Coperto di Fantiacritti)
Written 9 May 2020
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NemoWolfe
Province of Massa Carrara, Italy97 contributions
A Village with the Heart of a Town
Sep 2019
One of the oldest quarry Village in the area, warm, clean, the people frendly is the capital of the Lardo di Colonnata the most top food ever made using the traditional system this Village is full of nice Larderie were u can taste the best food and one of the topmost famous restaurant in Italy Venanzio. Small parking opens all years.
you can experience a really nice stay.
Written 29 September 2019
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands2,172 contributions
Quiet Uphill Village.
Aug 2018 • Couples
The village of Colonnats is located uphill from Carrara, and dates back to 40 BC. It was originally built for the housing of slaves used in quarrying marble after Rome decided to replace expensive imported Greek marble with local (Luni) marble.
The current villages dates back to the 12th (the church) and 13th century.
The village is still mainly supported by mining.
Colonnata is also known for its 'Lardo', a kind of bacon fat, calory rich foor for the mine workers.
The method to make the bacon fat has not changed over the years. The pieces of bacon fat, which come from all parts of Italy, are laid in a marble box layer by layer and every time a large load of salt is placed between them. Of course, herbs are also used, such as pepper, rosemary, garlic and cinnamon. The coffin then goes into an underground cellar to mature there for six months.
After the ripening period the Lardo is ready for consumption. The tastiest way to eat the food is thinly sliced ​​on a toasted bun. The bacon fat then slowly melts and the aroma is released.
The road uphill to Colonnato is narrow and gives views over the immense marble stone mines.
But the village itself is quiet and not a real attraction.
Written 8 September 2018
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sterex
Zurich, Switzerland33 contributions
Very nice village
Aug 2018 • Solo
Colonnata is a very nice village known for its "lardo" fet, you should definitely taste without exaggerating though because it is quite heavy to digest.

The small village is home of several "larderie" i.e. lardo producing companies.

I recommend to visit Colonnata during the weekend when they celebrate the "lardo" when all shops are open and you can discuss with the producer. Ideally this tour should be combined with a visit of the spectacular marble caves just few kilometres away.
Written 28 August 2018
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Tatyana Z
Brazil84 contributions
Great trails
Aug 2018 • Solo
Driving to Colonnata may not be fun. I took a bus from Carrara Ospedale and do not regret it a single bit. The buses are cheap and always on schedule.

In Colonnata, I followed the hiking trail CAI 195, starting from the main Piazza, right behind the tower. The trail is very well marked (red and white stripes), and rather steep. Still, it is not hard and doable even for coach potatoes like me.

The trail leads to Cima d'Uomo (AMAZING views of Colonnata, marble quarries, the shore and the mountains), and then meets another trail, CAI 38 (which can be used to return to Colonnata).
Written 10 August 2018
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Max T
Southampton, UK1,933 contributions
Nice but stressful drive
Oct 2017 • Couples
Getting to Colonnata from Carrara is a very stressful and dangerous drive. The streets are very windy, terribly narrow and to make it worse many people park along the roadside as there is very little parking at Colonnata itself. We went on a Sunday a round lunchtime which we strongly advise against as it was packed with cars lining the narrow streets so driving there was really stressful. Its best for motorbikers of which there were many. They are able to navigate their way past the obstructions. Once there its a nice place, but many of the marble related souveniers or statues you can see anywhere around the Carrara area littered along the roadsides where there are many souvenier shops with lovely marble carvings. Th area is also well endowed with small trattorias and osterias so we questioned whether the hair raising drive was really worth it. However it is a very popular spot. The drive there also offers some lovely views of the many marble mines and caves.
Written 15 October 2017
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guysmith100
Cleethorpes, UK276 contributions
On top of the World
Aug 2017 • Friends
The Quarries of Carrara surround Colonnata, it is a small town with charm and character and has many small winding streets and steps. With nice little shops, bars and restaurants. And don't forget Colonnata is the Lardo Capital.
Written 29 August 2017
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jarborra
Stockholm, Sweden302 contributions
Tiny hamlet great for a quick stop and lunch
Jul 2017 • Family
We were in our way to the Carrera Marble Tour when we stumbled upon the road to Colonnata. Not for he faint hearted, the single lane twists and turns up the mountain - pray you don't meet a bus or a lorry! At the end of the road there is a tiny plaza where you can park. Don't be discouraged by the no parking signs, as long as you don't park at the bus stop or in the middle of the plaza you'll be alright.

The tiny hamlet feels like something you might find in the Swiss amps, surrounded by dramatic marble mountaintops. There is a little walk up to a panoramic platform with a statue dedicated to marble quarrymen. There are a few quaint restaurants (we ate elsewhere however). And we even bumped into a peacock!

All in all we were in Colonnata for 15 minutes but it was well worth the stop. If you're a fan of "lardo", the local delicacy (think a strip of ham only consisting of the white fatty parts), then the best can be bought here.

Not a must-do but a nice-to-do if you happen to be in the area or tired of the beach.
Written 13 July 2017
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