The Apuan Alps is a mountain range that is home to over 300 marble quarries. The quarries are said to be covered in Nature's 'eternal snow'. The marble quarries have been the source of the Carrara marble for over 2,000 years.
Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome and it was called the "Luni marble". In the 17th and 18th centuries, the marble quarries were monitored by the Cybo and Malaspina families who ruled over Massa and Carrara. The family created the "Office of Marble" in 1564 to regulate the marble mining industry.