The Global Appeal of Rocks and Stones

Examples of structures built with stone in Italy

Examples of structures built with stone in Italy

If you've followed my shop and blog for a bit, you know that I have a passion for rocks and stones. I can't explain the appeal, but throughout my life I've repeatedly found myself picking up smooth pebbles and slipping them in my pocket.

After a recent, glorious trip to Italy, I finally understood. Rocks and stones are the foundations of the world's civilizations! As you can see in a select few of my photos, structures built of stone thousands of years ago still exist in near-perfect condition today. The Arena of Verona, for example, is an open-air amphitheater still used for operas, concerts, and other cultural events. The acoustics within the marble and stone structure are perfect without the aid of technology!

As I walked through Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Verona, Bolzano, and Venice, I was struck by the power of STONE. Without it, these cities would not exist. Had these ancient cities been built with wood, these treasures would have disintegrated centuries ago.


Now I understand a bit better my draw towards the "lowly" rock and why I have a passion for collecting them and painting them. Inherently, I've always know this: that rocks are lasting and beautiful, and they form strong foundations.

I must confess that I had to resist a great urge to pick pebbles from some of the sites we visited! I behaved myself, though. A stone placed in a wall 2,000 years ago must remain in place as a link to the past.

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