From Lucca, we took an excursion to Carrara to visit the marble quarries. The town of Carrara was originally uilt by the ancient Romans to house workers in the nearby quarries. Now one can see the post office and other government buildings with marble statues in front and with marble sidewalks:
We tasted the local produced "lardo", a delicacy consisting of thin layers of pig's fat aged/fermented in marble tubs with sea salt and spices such as rosemary, black pepper, garlic, cinnamon, and star anise. The brine/fermentation (for 181 days) was said to convert the bad fat to good fat healthy for miner's body.