A day trip to the inside of the Apuan Alps in the middle of the summer will undoubtedly leave most people confused as to what is inside and around these majestic mountains. What looks like snow capped peaks and valleys is actually Carrara marble that has been pulverized from centuries of mining. This world famous marble was used to build anything from parts of Ancient Rome to Tony Soprano's man cave kitchen. While not as many active mines operate today, driving though the area is a fascinating hands-on lesson in geology as many abandoned mines are still accessible off the main roads. In most areas you are free to walk around at your own risk and take photos of the surreal cuts of marble shining in the sun. For good eats, many of the roads in and out of Carrara also have tiny restaurants that serve delicious meals (what a surprise!), so make sure to pack a Panino before you get lost in the Marmo.