• Roman Travertine, Travertine
  • Roman Travertine, Travertine
  • Roman Travertine, Travertine
  • Travertine, Roman Travertine
  • Travertine, Roman Travertine
  • Travertine, Roman Travertine
  • Travertine Tivoli, Rome Italy
The Quarries of Travertine in Tivoli provided, over a period spanning more than twenty centuries, the construction material for many monumental buildings in Roman Antiquity & Papal Rome such as temples, aqueducts, monuments, bath complexes, and amphitheaters including the Colosseum, the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini selected material from Tivoli to build the famous Colonnade of St. Peter's Square in Rome 1656-1667.  Michelangelo also chose travertine from our town for the external ribs of the St Peter's Basilica.
The word 'travertine' is derived from the Italian travertino, itself a derivation of the Latin tiburtinus ‘of Tibur’, also the origin of the name Tivoli.
Travertine is a sedimentary rock, consisting mainly of calcium carbonate and small amounts of clayey minerals and is characterized by colorations ranging from white to beige avana, sometimes hazel and brown.
Thanks to its unique compactness, toughness and elasticity, it makes it a suitable material for many applications, from interior to exterior designs