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Sailing the Mediterranean on Royal Clipper

Lerici

sunny 70 °F

Today we arrived in Lerici Italy about 1pm. The first historical traces of the village of Lerici date back to the Etruscan era , when a village was most likely settled around the 7th century BC, before the foundation of the future Roman city of Luni. Over time, the particular geographical position made Lerici a natural port, first for the Ligurians, then for the Romans. In the Middle Ages its bay served as an important landing place and commercial port for the Obertenghi . Lerici acquired its importance due to the itinerary of pilgrims, wayfarers and medieval merchants who, to avoid the inaccessible districts of the extreme Eastern Riviera, embarked from Genoa to take the mainland route back to Lerici and vice versa.
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For our excursion today, we boarded Land Rovers and headed to the Marble Quarries of Carrara. Carrara marble, Luna marble to the Romans, is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It has been quarried since Roman times in the mountains just outside the city of Carrara in the province of Massa and Carrara in the Lunigiana, the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany, Italy. More marble has been extracted from the over 650 quarry sites near Carrara than from any other place. The pure white statuario grade was used for monumental sculpture, as "it has a high tensile strength, can take a high gloss polish and holds very fine detail". By the late 20th century Carrara's highest-grade marble had run out; the considerable ongoing production is of stone with a greyish tint, or streaks of black or grey on white. This is still attractive as an architectural facing, or for tiles.

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Posted by rpickett 14:37 Archived in Italy Tagged lerici

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