Enrico Trolese

Venetian marmorino

Enrico Trolese

Venetian marmorino

"Being constantly immersed in the beauty of Venice makes you change, makes you want to contribute to that beauty."


Marmorino is a particular plaster composed of slaked lime and calcium carbonate, featured in many decorations in Italian buildings. Used by the Romans under the name of “stucco forte”, it is so tenacious and resistant that it was used in the walls of Roman aqueducts. Venetian marmorino is a special technique of applying this mixture that involves several coats (at least 8 base ones, but many more for certain processes) and creates recognizable transparencies.   Enrico Trolese, born in Venice in 1970, has been working with Venetian marmorino since he was a child, having grown up in a family of artisans in the construction industry for five generations. He has worked on numerous building restorations collaborating with various Venetian craftsmen including the last terrazzo workers and the few stucco workers left in circulation, including Mario Fogliata, author of a reference text on the subject: "L'arte dello stucco" (Antilia editions). In the family tradition, the use of lime was fundamental and, in 1992, Enrico began a path of specialization related to finishes. Since then, more than twenty years have passed and today he deals both with conservative restoration and with the creation ex novo of surfaces and decorations. He has made the marmorino plaster of many church and palace facades in Venice and has participated in the restoration of the Olivetti store in Piazza San Marco and the Villa Nazionale Pisani in Strà, on the Riviera del Brenta. He is often called abroad where he has received important awards including the 2006 UNESCO Prize for the best restoration in the Asia-Pacific area. For the city of Venice, marmorino is an important heritage of mastery, technique and aesthetic taste that Enrico Trolese, as a professional plasterer, feels obliged to preserve and develop, also through a continuous didactic and popular activity. The goal is that Venetian Marble continues to be appreciated and used, updating and evolving to new tastes and styles. Enrico Trolese collaborates with the Italian Lime Forum, a meeting place for all those who study, produce and use lime in architecture and restoration.


Cannaregio 2279 30121 Venezia Italy
347 8520085

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