Italian Plaster [also known as Venetian Plaster or decorative plaster] is the name given to a range of products and techniques, which resemble Stucco Veneziano, a type of lime putty. The original materials and processes, developed in Italy, have been in use since the Roman Empire as a decorative wall surface material designed to simulate marble and granite. It works admirably when the material is correctly applied due to its feel and shine. They are generally light viscosity plasters which tint beautifully and offer up depths of color unsurpassed by a painted surface.
When highly polished the plaster may give the appearance of natural materials such as glass, marble, or rock, stain resistant, durable and easily cleaned. The properly wax sealed surface is also water resistant.