Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Virtual Tour of the Eternal City

Vacationing in the city of Rome is about to become much easier. Just think about wandering into the Senate, the Forum, the Pantheon and the Coliseum as they were in 320 AD. While strolling via Giulia you will overhear a private conversation between the Senators or you may meet a street vendor selling sandals. The technicians have recreated 31 monuments and 7,000 buildings. Characters have been diligently researched and personalities created to interact with the audience.

The city and several private interests have teamed up to create a virtual tour of Rome during the Roman Empire. A theater and 3D glasses are the forum for this look into Rome as it was. This project is the end result of 10 years of study and covers 19 km of ancient Rome inside the Aurelia Wall. The show is called “Rewind Rome” and can be seen starting the 21 April in the restructured theater of via Capo d’Africa.

This is a great way to see Rome for the first time. Before tracking around the city this half hour virtual tour will give great insight into what you are seeing and how it originally looked. It is also a marvelous insight into the citizens of Rome and how they see the world they live in. The show is expected to attract 12 million visitors a year and is just the first of numerous initiatives by the city of Rome to increase tourism.


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