Rome is an amazing open-air museum and the remains of ancient Rome that are on display are incredibly beautiful. But what was it like in ancient times? The following list details our top 5 virtual experiences that are essential to understanding ancient Rome:
See the Colosseum in all of its glory. The Colosseum is by far one of Rome’s most elegant and iconic monuments. Its beauty leaves modern-day visitors in awe, so imagine what it must have been like in ancient Rome. Take a virtual guided tour of the Colosseum and follow in the footsteps of the citizens of ancient Rome to appreciate the splendor of the Colosseum in all of its glory. With this virtual tour you can walk on the arena of the Colosseum, go to the underground levels and explore the wonders of ancient Rome (virtually, of course).
Walk in a Roman patrician’s residence. The Domus Romana is a wonderfully immersive experience that takes you through the house of an ancient Roman patrician. These remains are all the more fascinating with the multimedia presentation used to recreate the residence. Lights, projections, and plexiglass floors are utilized to give visitors a virtual experience of what the house would have been like. There is also a presentation about Trajan’s column and an incredibly close-up view of the monument at the end of the tour.
ADDRESS: Foro Traiano, 85, 00186 Roma RM
HOURS: 09:30-18:30 WED-MON
CONTACT: +39 06 2276 1280
Experience the Circus Maximus. Today the Circus Maximus is a large, empty field where locals go for a jog or walk their dogs. But, back in ancient times, it was a spectacular structure that housed thousands of spectators for the wildly intense chariot races. It is difficult to imagine the splendor and extravagance of ancient Rome, especially when all that lies in front of you is a barren field. With the virtual experience at the Circus Maximus, prepare to be amazed at the dimensions and grandeur of this ancient Roman stadium.
ADDRESS: Entrance to Circus Maximus at Viale Aventino, 00186 Roma RM
HOURS: TUE-SUN: 09:30-19:00 (30 Mar- 26 Oct) & 09:30-16:30 (27 Oct - 28 Mar)
CONTACT: +39 060608
Travel through history with the Time Elevator. The Time Elevator was the first virtual experience in Rome and it pulls out all of the stops. There are three large screens, the platforms are mobile and have motion simulation, and the visual and audio effects are enhanced by the 3D glasses. There are multiple shows on offer and visitors can choose a single show or a combination of shows. Of course, the most popular is History of Rome. Prices start at €10.00 but buying a package deal is definitely worth it.
ADDRESS: Via dei Santi Apostoli, 20 00187 Roma RM
PRICE: from €10/PERSON
CONTACT: +39 06 69921823
Virtual Welcome to Rome. Explore the fascinating history of Rome through this virtual experience. Sit back and relax as ancient Rome is brought to life through these magnificent projections. The visit is offered in eight different languages and lasts for about 30 minutes. Not our first choice, but still a fun activity.
ADDRESS: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 203, 00186 Roma RM
HOURS: 09:00-19:00 MON-THU; 10:00-21:00 FRI-SUN
CONTACT: +39 06 879 11 691