The Location: Carrara, Italy
Poised on the scenic coastline where Tuscany meets Liguria, Carrara has been the source of the world’s highest quality sculptural marble since pre-Roman times. Michelangelo traveled here to select blocks for his sculptures, and today Carrara remains a center for all things related to stone, including expert craftsmanship and artistry in its use. View Carrara on Google Maps >
Marina di Carrara, the coastal part of Carrara where our course is located, is a quiet resort town. People come from northern Italy to sit along the sea and delight in the warm breezes. There are many restaurants and pizzerias to enjoy, as well as some of the best Gelatorias in all of Italy. Sculpture can be seen in nearly every public space and piazza across town. Marble even lines the curbs.
The Tuscany-Liguria border is a picturesque location, set between the mountains and sea. Remarkable works of art are located a stone’s throw away in cities like Pisa, Lucca, and Florence. This trip combines excellent sculpture instruction with spectacular vistas and exposure to the best works of art in the area.
Recommended Lodging for Our Students: Villa Acero
Tuscany Study has secured a special discounted rate for students from Villa Acero, an excellent local bed and breakfast. Villa Acero is a lovely retreat after a long day in the Studio. The rooms are lavishly simple and well kept. Marble is everywhere! Breakfast is served in their sunroom overlooking the beautifully groomed lawn. Cappuccino, espresso, coffee or tea are always fast to arrive each morning with a smile from Antonella or Roberto, the gracious hosts. On top of it all, your hosts are always ready to offer a suggestion for dinner or a fun adventure when free time allows.
Students are welcome to find other accommodations that suit their style and requirements. However, transportation will only be provided to/from the Studio and Villa Acero. Visit Villa Acero’s website to learn more about their accomodations.