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Carrara(kär-rä`rä), city (1991 pop. 67,197), Tuscany, N central Italy, near the Ligurian Sea. It is the most important center of the Italian marblemarble,
metamorphic rock composed wholly or in large part of calcite or dolomite crystals, the crystalline texture being the result of metamorphism of limestone by heat and pressure.
..... Click the link for more information. industry; the famous white Carrara marble is quarried in the nearby Alpi Apuane. With Massa, the city constituted the principality, later duchy, of Massa and Carrara (15th–19th cent.). Carrara has a fine 12th-century cathedral; the former ducal palace (16th cent.) now houses the Fine Arts Academy.
a city in central Italy in Tuscany, in the province of Massa-Carrara, 6 km from the Ligurian Sea. Marina di Carrara is the outer harbor of the city. Population, 66,800 (1969). Carrara is known for its quarries of white marble. Approximately half of those occupied in the industry of the city work in the quarrying and processing of marble, most of which is exported. There are small chemical, metalworking, and oil-refining enterprises. There is an academy of fine arts and an art lycée in the city.