Rosso Secca Stone

The flaming stone

A beautiful picture shows an old fountain and a bench situated at the panoramic viewpoint in Belluno and made of Rosso Secca stone. Another picture shows a Rosso Secca window.
This stone has been used since ancient times: it was greatly used in the past and it is significant that it has recently been used to restore historic and architecture buildings, for example Palazzo Fulcis (with Rosso Secca and Cugnan floors) and Palazzo Bembo where the old check-board floors have been restored with Rosso Secca and grey Cugnan stone, while columns, arches and staircases are made of Castellavazzo stone. In the past Rosso Secca was used in the house for lintels and windowsills.

For thresholds and widowsills stone slabs were used which were easily found in the surroundings, such as the red scaglia. Windows were made of stone in houses close to quarries, such as in the Alpago area; in this area Rosso Secca and white Cansiglio stones were usually used. The window frames were sometimes made of timber and the openings were splayed, so that the shutters could open wide.

Simply-designed gratings usually protected ground floor windows. Rosso Secca is quarried in polishable uniform wine-red hewn blocks, with variable tonality according to the finish. It can have sporadic little grey pigmentations.

Rosso Secca is beautiful if cut with a saw, while other stones need to be finished; moreover, it is one of the few stones resisting to flaming and frost. Flaming enhances the colour and makes the stone interesting: it could be easily used in new architectural projects, in façade frames on a plastered background. It is used for indoor and outdoor flooring: the natural roughness does not need additional finishes. It is also used for coatings, jambs, windowsills, staircases, fireplaces and other elements.

The Stone and its architecture today


New Rosso Secca fountain with flamed finish, Piaia, Ponte nelle Alpi.


New Rosso Secca fountain with flamed finish, Safforze, Belluno.


Detail: the new pavement integrated with the old one in Via Mezzaterra, Belluno.


Rosso Secca staircase, S. Croce del Lago church, Farra D’Alpago.


Detail: pavement in Piazza Foro Boario, Vittorio Veneto.


Rosso Secca chessboard floor, San Rocco church, Belluno.

The Stone and its architecture yesterday


19th-century Rosso Secca fountain with bench, via I novembre, Belluno.


Detail: country house window, Alpago.


Old Rosso Secca pavement. Via Rugo, Belluno.


The portico pavement opposite the Cathedral, Belluno.


Detail: the portico pavement opposite the Cathedral, Belluno.


Rosso Secca mullioned window with Cansiglio stone capitals and bases, Alchemist’s house, Valdenogher.

For an analysis of the features of the material go to the Rosso Secca stone technical page.