All (Virtual) Roads Lead to Rome

Virtual Rome

The Via Flaminia once brought nobles and notables to their pleasure palaces outside Rome. Today, though, it’s covered in palazzi and clogged with buses and scooters, a virtual version of the road can be visited thanks to researchers who digitalized 4.45 million acres of terrain.

Hosted at the Museum of the Diocletian Baths, the virtual museum lets four visitors at a time take on avatars (and 3D glasses) for a stroll through ancient Rome. Sights include Livia’s palace, the Milvian Bridge on the Tiber River and infamous farmhouse Malborghetto.

With a cost of over $1.1 million, the project employed team of 20 made up of archaeologists, architects and tech experts.
There isn’t much to see online, yet, but not to worry: a Second Life community is soon to come.

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