Friday, November 18, 2011

3D Rewind Rome, the virtual museum of Ancient Rome

3D Rewind Rome, the virtual museum of Ancient Rome

November 16, 2011 By: romeblogger Category: Rome

Very close to the Colosseum, in a restored ancient theatre, there's this peculiar museum which uses 3D technology (yes, they still use those glasses) to take a trip in time to Ancient Rome. After being guided into an archeological excavation, the visitors can be yet another spectator in the Colosseum during the gladiator combats, take a walk down the Roman Forum, presence a heated debate in the Senate and see up close the habits and daily life of its inhabitants.

Why visit this museum?

It's not easy to image that the Roman Forum had the height of twenty Westminster Abbeys, which arms and fighting techniques the gladiators used to use, or the everyday aspects of the Roman people, no matter how eloquently a guide explains it to us. But here you'll be able to find an accurate interpretation of Imperial Rome and feel that you can nearly touch what you're seeing.

The buildings and the scenery of the theatre have been wonderfully reproduced and it's worth a visit just for them, even if it's only for the novelty of seeing the aspect of Ancient Rome in three dimensions and with the same sound which is used normally in cinemas.

For the elaboration of the content, they've used techniques from the famous film studios Cinecitta, and they've tried to respect the scientific rigor. The architectonic reconstructions follow a model by archeologists from UCLA and for the design of the fighters, they placed movement sensors in real people from a gladiator school in Rome.

Why think about it twice?

The recreation locates itself in Rome in 310 BC, when the emperor Constantine maintained a fight for power with Maxentius. There are more interesting periods of the Empire and they haven't chosen a well known fragment of its history.

On the other hand, the combat at the Colosseum has unnecessary artistic licenses. It doesn't take any interest away rom the show unless you're a Roman history purist. It's an experience directed to the general public, not as much to the big history fans. If that's your case, you probably shouldn't have high expectations on the storyline.

Address: Via Capo d'Africa 5, 00184 Rome

Opening Hours: Open from 9am until 7pm every day.

Prices: Adults 15 euros, children from 5-12 years and over 65s 8 euros. With Roma Pass, 12 euros.

There are discounts available if you buy your tickets at: