Verezzi Stone

The Old Quarry of Verezzi
The Old Quarry of Verezzi

The Verezzi Stone (or rose marble of Verezzi or Pietra Lara) is a reddish variant of Finale stone. It originated from the compaction of sands and calcareous parts of crustaceans, shells, sea urchins, starfish, corals, shark teeth, on the bottom of a shallow sea 25 million years ago.

The uplifting of the seabed accompanied by the retreat of the water brought to the surface the stone, which has been used by man since ancient times as an ornamental and cutting stone.

This stone is known for its hardness, strength and compactness, making it suitable for processing into slabs. The best-known quarry in the Borgio Verezzi area is Cava Vecchia, one of the rare quarries to be cultivated "in tunnels". Stone was not only used to build houses and roads but also fountains, corbels, street furniture, stairs, millstones and much more. 

One of the oldest examples of its use is Palazzo Ducale in Genoa.

Stone block extracted from the Quarry
Stone block extracted from the Quarry
Shell footprints (Pettinidi)
Shell footprints (Pettinidi)