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.
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.
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.