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  • Bridges of Vara, Carrara.zoom in altra finestra
  • Bridges of Vara, Carrara.zoom in altra finestra

Ancient Marble Railway

The purpose of the marble railway begun in 1871 was to render transporting marble from the quarries to the port at Marina di Carrara more practical. For the remarkable technical solutions adopted along its 22-kilometre line and 10-kilometre junctions, it was at that time considered an engineering product of great importance. Quite remarkable are the impressive viaducts over Miseglia, the tunnel between Fantiscritti and Ravaccione dug into the marble, the bridges of Vara and the iron bridge of Vezzala. The railway began operating in 1890 and was abandoned in 1964. Still today, however, a part of its daring course can be admired.


Texts by Graziano Magrini

English translation by Victor Beard

Last update 07/gen/2008