Caracalla Baths in 3D. Caracalla fourth dimension: virtual video guide, multimedia visit with virtual reality from 20 December 2020.
A journey through time, through the fourth dimension: the Baths of Caracalla become the first major Italian archaeological site to be entirely accessible in 3D.
Virtual reality will make it possible to see the Baths not only as they are today, but as they were in 216 AD, at the time of their inauguration.
The project, promoted by the Special Superintendence of Rome and CoopCulture, offers visitors the chance to read and interpret the grandiose remains of the Baths of the emperors of the Severan dynasty, in a continuous comparison between physical and virtual reality, between present and past.
Use of the visor 10.50 euros including agency fees (reservation required)
Entrance ticket 11.50 euros including agency fees
Duration: 1 h
Caracalla in IVD is available in: Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.
Educational activities for schools
190.00 euro including agency fees per class group (maximum 30 pax) - minimum booking 3 weeks prior to requested date
The technology is based on a viewer, inside which is inserted a smartphone with specific software. With simple commands managed by a single button, the geo-referenced device will reproduce the places where the visitor is with an immersive perspective, covering the entire visual space.
The viewers will be available at the entrance to the Baths during the monument's normal opening hours.
The visit, divided into ten stages, six of which with virtual reality, is based on philological reconstructions of the Baths, based on the studies of the last thirty years and curated for the scientific part by Marina Piranomonte, director of the monument. The project, in which Francesco Antinucci of the National Research Council collaborated for the technological conception, was coordinated by Francesco Cochetti of CoopCulture.
The digital reconstructions included real images of some of the statues and decorations of the baths, which are now on display in various places, including the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Royal Palace of Caserta, which collaborated on the project, and Piazza Farnese.
AN IMMERSION IN THE BATHS
The virtual tour is divided into ten chapters, corresponding to as many areas of the facility and covering all the areas of the Baths of Caracalla, revealing their various functions and giving a complete picture of the monument:
- historical introduction to the emperor Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Pius), his figure, his wars, his policies, with a special focus on the thermal complex that still bears his name -video with audio commentary;
- the Western Gymnasium;
- the Frigidarium, a large hall with cold-water pools;
- the liveliness of the Baths, which welcomed between six thousand and eight thousand people a day, is illustrated through the story of the Roman philosopher Seneca;
- the Oriental Gymnasium where the large sculptural group of the Supplizio di Dirce, also known as the Farnese Bull, has been virtually relocated;
- the Changing Room, the Apodyterium, in the Terme dei Severi is monumental, with its high cross vault and elegant black and white mosaics;
- the Natatio, the immense open-air pool;
- the Saunas, the Laconica, and the Caldarium made up the warm course of the baths;
- the Underground, a labyrinth of several kilometres of tunnels, which ran under the area of the baths;
- the two Libraries, one in Greek and the other in Latin.
The ten stages show that the Baths of Caracalla were not just a bathing establishment or what is now called a spa: the facility had a very different importance, thanks to the two libraries, one Latin and one Greek, the meeting rooms, the large gardens, the long porticoes and the tabernŠ located in the perimeter enclosure.
In fact, in addition to the care of the body, the great imperial baths served the function of a centre for sport, a place of study and a meeting place for the most diverse occasions. The virtual visit will allow you to grasp the complexity of the Baths of Caracalla, which, being rich in works of art and bas-reliefs with representations celebrating feats of war, can be considered a real Forum of the emperors of the Severan dynasty, which not by chance did not exist in Rome.
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOLS
DURATION: 90 minutes
RECIPIENTS: Secondary school
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: The tour of the Baths of Caracalla will be accompanied by the use of special viewers that, at certain points of the monument will allow you to see the reconstructed environments in all their ancient splendour. This visitor enhancement tool contains "views" of the various reconstructed environments - in their architecture and decoration - in their original state and allows a complete three-dimensional vision of the surrounding environment at 360░. In this immersive dimension, participants will have the sensation of being transported back in time and will be able to see the original third-century reconstruction of the rooms, the decorative apparatus and the sculptural elements that adorned the baths, including the two masterpieces preserved at the Archaeological Museum of Naples: the Hercules and the Farnese Bull.
1) To use virtual language and technology to raise awareness of the archaeological heritage and its protection.
2) To increase the emotional impact of the visit through an immersive experience.
GREEN PASS REQUIRED
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