The most typical plaster for exteriors in the Venetian tradition
This stucco is among the strongest hydrated lime-based plasters. This rugged finish contains terracotta powders. It is typically used in Venetian exteriors since it is very resistant in humid environments such that of the Venetian Lagoon.
For the application details, follow the instructions given for the application of Intonachino.
Terracotta comes in powder form in 20 kg bags or 16 kg buckets. The ecological version comes in powder in 16 kg buckets.
From Rome to Venice
The curious history of a water-resistant plaster
This stucco was the first important ancient Roman plaster. The Romans discovered that by combining lime with the Terra di Pozzuoli (today pozzolana), an earth containing a large percentage of clay, they could obtain hydraulic lime. This type of lime hardens even underwater. This allowed them to build in the midst of rivers and in presence of large quantities of water and humidity.
In Venice, which is built on and surrounded by low waters, it was costly to bring any kind of waste out of the city. For this reason, old bricks, made of cooked clay (Terracotta in Italian), where smashed and mixed with lime to produce this red plaster. This was used on exterior walls because very resistant to the humidity levels typical of the Lagoon of Venice.