The Municipality of Rome has developed a Virtual Reality system that allows you to explore (from the comfort of your home) the ruins of Trajan’s Market
To limit the spread of the Coronavirus and not incur heavy penalties, the vast majority of Italians complied with government orders and spent the Christmas vacations in quarantine. The first few days were all in all pleasant. Soon after, however, the isolation began to take its toll on everyone. Leaving aside the fear of contagion and economic concerns, everyone had to deal with boredom. Confined indoors and with the TV monopolized by the virus, we’ve all wondered at least once: what do I do now? Fortunately, technology has come to our rescue. Social networks, streaming platforms and video games kept us busy for hours and did their part in the fight against Covid-19. Without moving from the couch at home, we’ve had amazing adventures, traveled around Italy, and maybe even learned something about our history and art. This last “result” has been achieved thanks to the many initiatives promoted by museums, picture galleries, conservatories and academies in our country.
The municipality of Rome, for example, has completed an important program of digitization of the artistic and cultural heritage of the capital. Using the mouse and keyboard, you can experience a virtual tour in augmented reality that winds through 14 points of interest in the archaeological area of Trajan’s Market. Each user can freely choose his path and, by clicking on the hotspots on the interactive map, discover photos, videos and testimonies of Rome’s history. Constantine, Trajan, Mars and Venus tell their stories in the first person and the marbles come to life bringing the visitor into a new dimension.
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Virtual Reality: you can visit the Trajan’s Market in Rome from the couch at home
“This is the future – said Giovanna Marinelli, Councillor for Culture and Sport of Rome – both for the possibility of using our heritage in an innovative way, and for the ability to enhance the value made possible by new technologies, and then for the crucial role played by the new generations. It is very important to be able to read, know and understand the heritage in an innovative way”. Also from the desktop, the portal Roma Art Guide allows you to take beautiful virtual walks in the center of the Capital without violating the quarantine. It starts from the Aventine and arrives at the Walls, passing by the Domus of Largo Arrigo VII and Via Marmorata. “There is no protection of our heritage if there is not the ability to involve the largest number of people towards it, crucial to our identity. And it is important to do so by focusing on innovation, with the use of new technologies and involving young people,” said the superintendent of Rome Claudio Parisi Presicce.