NY Times on Massa-Carrara: The home of the marble that makes the masterpieces

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In an effort to reduce the crowds that fill the galleries of the Uffizi in Florence, the renowned museum has been transferring some of its masterpieces to lesser-known locales across Tuscany.

As part of the latest initiative in the ever-expanding program known as Uffizi Diffusi, a collection of works, including paintings from the studio of the Italian Baroque painter Carlo Dolci, will be exhibited this spring in the town of Massa, at the Palazzo Ducale, which also houses the government offices of the Massa-Carrara province in northwestern Tuscany.

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Art enthusiasts can also explore the surrounding Apuan Alps from which the marble for so many masterpieces — including Michelangelo’s David — was sourced, tour marble quarries and maybe even meet a working sculptor carving on the side of the road.

Source: www.nytimes.com