Technical characteristics of Roman travertine

Roman Travertine Technical Information

  • Travertine  is a sedimentary limestone, the Roman one is considered "the real one", and is located on the slopes of the Tiburtini mountains close to the Aniene river, which thanks to the geology of the territory and the release of calcium carbonate has helped its formation.
  • Roman Travertine differs from other travertines around the world, because it is immersed in the Albule waters and in the Aniene river, and it is still actively growing. For this reason, the quarries must be dried up to allow the extraction of the materials.
  • The combination of calcium carbonate and the technical features of the geological area of Tivoli, make Roman Travertine highly resistant over time with a high specific weight.
  • Its look can vary from white to beige, with darker or lighter shades. The different colours are determined by the number of natural oxides from plants, animals or other minerals. The compactness of Roman Travertine is a synonym with quality.
  • Roman Travertine is a strong but at the same time also versatile material; in fact, it is as one of the most used building materials, in particular when cladding is needed. The natural veins of Roman Travertineallow infinite decorative combinations.
  • The spectacular effects that this material naturally creates, is suitable for  floorings, claddings, stairs, columns, bathrooms, kitchens, swimming pools, and many more applications.
  • Roman Travertine has been largely used during the Roman age, was known as Lapis Tiburtinus, translated in Tivoli stone. The Colosseum and the Marcello Theatre are two worldwide famous examples of Roman Travertine use.
  • Through the centuries, several masterpieces have been built using Roman Travertine,. Iconic building like the Basilicas of San Peter and Santa Maria Maggiore, Bernini's fountains in Piazza Navona, Aristocratic families buildings (Renaissance period), the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro, the Olympic Stadium, the Mosque of Rome (in more recent times).