Ancient and modern

Travertine has been quarried in Tivoli since the third century BCE; the stone itself is more than 100,000 years old. It is the instantly recognisable material from which the architecture of a city and an empire was fashioned — from the Colosseum and Porta Maggiore in Rome, to provincial temples, villas and aqueducts. And yet, stacked up in blocks and slabs, the impression remains one of unequivocal modernity.


Francisco Marques