The First Class Natural Stone Rosso Verona Marble Slab
Natural Stone Rosso Verone One of the most important marbles of Italy has almost become synonymous with the splendor of Venice, indeed this marble has itself traveled further than the outposts of Venice’s extensive empire. Such is the lure of Verona Marble. While it can be found in the most important contexts of Venice – prominently displayed, for example, in St. Mark’s Cathedral – it can also be found as far away from Italy as California, seen above in the Gardens of Filoli near Woodside, where it graces a weathered Renaissance fountain with faun heads from which water once spouted in double sprays either sides of the fauns’ mouths.
The city of Verona itself deserves far greater attention as one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Situated in the Padana– the Po River Valley – from Celtic times onward centuries before Rome conquered the region, Verona became an important east, west, north, south junction between Lombardy and the Alps through the Brenner Pass connecting Italy to Austria along the Adige River Valley. Not only was Verona eventually an important Roman city with great monuments like its splendid amphitheater – the venue for one of the world’s most important summer outdoor lyric opera series – and a vital Ostrogoth metropolis in the sixth century AD/CE when Rome was mostly in ruin, but later through its benevolent ruler Cangrande I, Verona also provided Dante a safe harbor during his permanent exile from Florence between 1312-18. Verona’s medieval bridges are also engineering feats, like the Ponte Scaligero finished in 1356, at the time the medieval world’s greatest double arched bridge at 49 meters.