Ancient Rome Comes Alive in New Virtual Museum

February 21, 2008 | By | Reply More
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Baths of DiocletianThe ancient world meets the virtual world in the famous Diocletian Baths in Rome. Open for just a month, this new venture invites visitors to immerse themselves in a virtual world where they walk the streets of ancient Rome while exploring public buildings and a regal villa. The virtual reconstruction, which cost more than $1.1 million, is a compilation of the efforts a team of 20 archaeologists, architects and computer animators.

Visitors don a pair of 3D glasses, while 4 participants maneuver joy sticks to propel avatars through the virtual world. Visit the villa of Livia, the wife of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus. Stop to talk with the gardener and roam the ancient Via Flaminia, to explore monuments, bridges and arches. Conversations by Avatars are currently limited to Italian, but plans are in development for other languages.

Have a look at their very edgy website: http://www.vhlab.itabc.cnr.it/flaminia

Category: Europe Travel Tips, Italy Travel Tips, Rome Travel Tips

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