Quarries of Travertine Poggi
Roman Travertine is extracted from Poggi quarries since 1923, thanks to the work of brothers Antonio and Vincenzo Poggi. Today, from those same quarries, we continue to maintain production, extraction, processing and trading of travertine.
Today the company is led by the third generation of the same family and for over 90 years it has been and still is one of the world leaders in trading Roman Travertine. The Poggi company follows the whole process from extraction to processing of products. The company quarries over 20.000 m³ of travertine per year, operating gang-saws and blockcutters, that enables a production up to 20.000 m² of finished goods per month. The highly specialized team of workers allows us to satisfy the design requirements of the greatest architects, engineers and designers of the world market.
Thanks to the laboratories for the processing of travertine stones and to the high-quality machinery, we produce different types of travertine and marble products such as: blocks, slabs, tiles, flooring and cladding, coverings, furniture, objects of all kinds, interior/exterior design, both for the national and international market.
Roman Travertine is one of the most long-standing and famous marbles, used since the times of the Roman Empire.
Such masterpieces as the Colosseum, the Theatre of Marcellus and St. Peter's Basilica are a testimony. Used since more than 2500 years ago, it is the only stone in the world that is still used today..
The extractions of roman travertine take place in Tivoli (Province of Rome, Italy), where Fratelli Poggi own quarries
Travertine is extracted from particular geological areas, whose conformation determines the quality of the extracted material. What makes Roman Travertine differ from any other travertine is compactness and specific weight. This is because of its hydrogeological characteristics that occur only in the very limited thermal area of Tivoli Terme, Province Rome, the eternal city.
The area is very rich in sulfur water - known all around the world for its unique properties and health benefits - whose reaction with carbonic acid produces splendid works of art in the stones for us to admire.
The primary extraction phase of Roman Travertine is the "bancata" - this consists in drilling a deep hole in the rock, which is used to insert a diamond wire that will cut the lapping with varying thicknesses and heights depending on the shape and the geometry of the travertine basin. It is ultimately called “bancata” since imposing seams of travertine are cut. These will be hammered out, from which the finest materials are carefully selected, based primarily on color, structure and dimension.
In this phase will be made of travertine blocks and slabs and then up to the finished product.
The travertine blocks are subjected to painstaking stone-working processes, being first hewn into slabs of varying thicknesses, using diamond saws that enable quick, high-precision work. The block’s value of travertine is based on type, structure and quality, the large block size increases its value
So, we proceed to the cutting and cleaning of slabs, a task that at first glance seems simple, but is necessary to free the travertine from dust and soil.
Slabs of travertine can be regular cut or cross cut:
• - Regular cut: The appearance and color are more compact, with warm tones, natural and discrete.
• - Cross cut: The veins of the travertine and stone are bolder and create movement with designs of warm color tones. With this type of cutting work, book match and/or hand match can be performed, meaning that the pattern of veins, line floors or walls is aligned, creating unique and inimitable color effects.
The final phase of the design is done in laboratories where, through the dexterity of skilled stonemasons, performing real works of art such as inlays and absolutely exclusive handcrafted mosaics.
With sophisticated equipment and high engineering and technology are realized designs of classic and modern architecture and engineering.
The processing is the decorative dress of the supporting structure; floors and walls, stairs, columns, fountains, fireplaces, sculptures, pools, balustrades, tables, benches, vases, planters, fences, ornamental carpets, mosaics, statues, indoor and outdoor furniture, bathrooms and furnishings.
Travertine with its neutral color is combined with the material, each color and each form, its peculiarity is to make bright and cozy each environment