The ancient “Portus Veneris”, at the extreme western point of the gulf of La Spezia, is to day one of the most suggestive small towns along the coast.
Here you can walk through the “carugio” (small winding streets with steps up to the higher parts of Portovenere).
Walking through the “carugio” with it’s picturesque flights of steps, (also called capitoli), one meets the local people, craft shops, and typical “trattorie”
City of 90.000 inhabitants is visited annually by thousands tourists for its natural beauty and the many museums that you can find inside.
Museum "Amedo Lia"
Archaeological Museum "Ubaldo Formentini"
Center for Modern and Contemporary Art "CAMeC"
Carrara is a city in the province of Massa-Carrara (Tuscany, Italy), famous for the white or blue-gray marble quarried there. It is on the Carrione River, some 100 km west-northwest of Florence.
Carrara marble has been famous since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Rome are constructed of it.
Many famous sculptures of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo's David, were carved from Carrara marble.
For Michelangelo at least, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone, except perhaps that of his own quarry in Pietrasanta.
The Marble Arch in London and the Duomo di Siena are also made from this famous stone.
Lucca was founded by the Etruscans (there are traces of a pre-existing Ligurian settlement) and became a Roman colony in 180 BC.
The rectangular grid of its historical center preserves the Roman street plan, and the Piazza San Michele occupies the site of the ancient forum.
Plundered by Odoacer, Lucca appears as an important city and fortress at the time of Narses, who besieged it for three months in 553, and under the Lombards it was the seat of a duke who minted his own coins.
It became prosperous through the silk trade that began in the 11th century, and came to rival the silks of Byzantium.
During the 10-11th centuries Lucca was the capital of the feudal margravate of Tuscany, more or less independent but owing nominal allegiance to the Holy Roman Emperor.