ROMAN TRAVERTINE STONE. History of an Empire.

Travertine is a natural stone such as Granite, Marble, Onyx, Slate, Limestone.

Rome history and “Travertino” are intertwined issues.
The term, in fact, comes from the Latin “Lapis Tiburtinus” (Tivoli‘s Stone), as was extracted along the Aniene river at the foot of the Tivoli’s mountains.

The Colosseum, emblem of Rome and Italy in the world, it’s been made with this stone.


The Roman empire, represented the maximum spread of this natural stone in the past; after that there was a slow decline until the closed of the quarries in the Middle Ages.
The Papal States, since 1450 A.D. , It was entirely built of travertine; Popes wanted it to revive the glory of the ancient Roman empire; The most famous example, in this case, it’s represented by the colonnade of St. Peter’s Square.

St. Peter's Square Travertine Stone.

St. Peter’s Square colonnade



Travertine Colonnade

Travertine Colonnade










The widespread use of Travertine continues until the ‘700, where we find another Roman’s emblem: the Trevi Fountain.
Trevi Fountain - Travertine stone

Trevi Fountain

Another example in the Renaissance, it’s the Justice’s Palace.


Justice Palace in travertine

Justice Palace


Today “Travertino”  is an established component of the interior and exterior design, exported all around the world, we can cite some achievements such as the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the University of Copenhagen and the Bank of China ( the first Travertine building ever executed in Beijing).

Light Travertine - Bank of China

Light Travertine – Bank of China


Paul Getty museum in Losangeles

Paul Getty museum in Los Angeles


University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen











Travertine stone it’s not only an ancient history, Architects and interior designers found in this natural stone, the roots of new modern trends.

An example it’s this beautiful Villa designed by A-Cero Architects in Madrid.

Modern Villa in Madrid

Modern Villa in Madrid

or this stunning Bathroom walls….


travertine bathroom walls

Travertine can be use for interior and exterior decor, floors, cladding, fountains, colonnade, stairs, countertops, basins….etc. the unique limit it’s the fantasy for this eternal stone.

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