Rome is a city filled with cultural heritage. Every building, statue and column has a story to tell but it takes a vast amount of knowledge to piece together the city’s nearly 2,800-year-old history. “Ci vuole una vita,” people commonly say – it takes a lifetime to see Rome – and even longer to understand it. With monuments and archeological relics scattered around every corner, where do you even begin? Maybe by letting the stones speak for themselves.
There’s a digital renaissance underway in the Eternal City and it is helping to shed a light on the past – quite literally. From video projections cast upon ancient walls and multimedia light shows to virtual reconstructions revealed through 3D visors, technology is being used to help tell the story of Rome in a more concrete and compelling way.
A large part of this trend can be attributed to the pioneering work of Paco Lanciano, a Rome-born physicist with a passion for cultural communication and a keen understanding of the learning process. Namely: if you make education fun, it sticks. “You need to strike a balance between creating something spectacular to hold an audience’s attention while also helping them learn in the process,” Mr. Lanciano tells me. “But it is easier said than done.”