Carrara is the most important city for marble industry: well known is the Carrara Marble, the famous white marble mined from the nearby quarries in the Alps Apuane. Carrara develops from the coast (Marina di Carrara) until the Alps Apuane. There are no documents about the roman city, so the most ancient relics are the walls, constructed towards 1212. Within this perimeter the medioevale Carrara developed, and it became bigger until in 1557 were constructed other walls, completed in 1637.
Anyone, when ears the name Carrara, thinks immediately to the marble: it has been and it is still today the main element of the city economy. From the quarries on the Alps Apuane, the marble blocks are transported to Marina di Carrara, where they are put on ships to be transported all over the world. In order to know more about this activity, in Carrara there is Civic Museum of the Marble, that gathers documents about the culture of the marble. The Museum collects also works of rare beauty, archaeological relics found in the quarries, instruments related to marble and works of modern and contemporary art.