A creamy white calcareous stone with layered pores and voids quarried near Tivoli in Italy. Travertine was one of the most widely used stones of ancient Rome (Lent 1925). It was used for the Colosseum and other structures. Large quantities of Italian travertine have been exported for the interior and exterior of buildings.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Roman travertine; Lapis Tiburtino; travertin italien (Fr.); Italienischer Travertin (Deut.); travertino romano (Port.);
Resources and Citations
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Frank A. Lent, Trade names and Descriptions of Marbles, Limestones, Sandstones, Granites and Other Building Stones Quarried in the United States Canada and other Countries., Stone Publishing Co, New York, 1925