By private car, drive to Pietrasanta – Sacred stone! – to visit a marble sculpture studio. Continue on to the mountain village of Colonnata, famous for its lardo – fatback salumi cured in huge marble vats. Lunch in a mountain restaurant on the way to the Carrara Marble Quarries, world renowned for the highest quality white marble. Selected by Caesar to build Imperial Rome, Carrara marble has supplied artists from Michelangelo to Henry Moore. Learn how marble is sculpted and how artists spend months in Carrara to give form to their creative visions. Visit the working quarry from which Michelangelo’s David and La Pietà emerged. Tour the network of 30 open-air active quarries by 4×4 off road vehicle, reaching an elevation of almost 1000 m (3280 feet) from which you can see the sea – here James Bond’s Quantum of Solace was filmed. Then depart for the Lucca countryside, to enjoy a wine tasting and extra virgin olive oil at a local producer.