Travertine is an Italian limestone and its original name “lapis tiburtinus” (Stone from Tibur) clearly tells us where the most famous travertine comes from: Tibur the ancient Roman name for the city Tivoli. As time passed and the language changed it was transformed into Travertino Romano (Roman Travertine). But it is not only found in the area of Tivoli but in various other places along the valleys of the rivers Arno, Tevere, Aniene and Sacco. The active quarries are located close to Tivoli, Guidonia, in the area of Ascoli Piceno, Serre di Rapolano and Sicily.
Travertine is a very resistant and aesthetically pleasing material which was used for the construction of almost all the historic buildings in Rome, including the Colosseo (1st century a.C.), the ones of the Forum Romanum (approx. 600 b.C.), the St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain.
Travertine exists in various colors ranging from almost white and silver to brown including also yellow and red hues. One of the characteristics are the macropores which make it a very weather resistant material that can be used for indoor as well as outdoor applications.
The material is available filled and unfilled in various finishes.