There is a land near Verona where the sun washer over the roofs and hamlets, houses and stone walls, like a gentle brush stroke, colouring everything with an unusual warm light which illuminates, which blinding: Lessinia, home of the stone whit the same name. A material – also known as red or limestone or sheet limestone and known locally as Prun stone – which has its origins in the distant past, the Cretaceous, and with which man became immediately familiar, using it to construct walls, roofs,jambs, fountains, and to mark boundaries.

Still today those who wander around certain vineyards and hamlets in the Valpolicella area may come across large slabs of stone solidly planted in the earth, protecting a field or vegetable garden, or narrower sheets of the same stone used to build supporting walls or even votive stones.

A versatility of use which could not remain confined within the rural context and which indeed form the times of the Romans was to find new methods of exploitation – pavements, lintels, keystones, columns, monuments, balconies, fountains …-both in Verona and beyond.