New virtual tours of 8 Rome museums

Eight of Rome’s civic museums are offering new virtual tours. Available in Italian and English, to tours allow visitors to explore the museums floor-by-floor, in aerial views, through video, audio and information panels.

It’s a curated approach. Select objects on display and important features of the museums themselves are highlighted. You navigate by clicking on arrows, then click on hotspots targeting an object or area and the label/information pops up. If there is video or audio, clickable icons appear on the screen.  You can also bounce around using the map icon in the bottom right. It’s a little awkward to navigate and it’s not the kind of virtual tour that allows you to browse objects on display for hours because even when the collections are huge like the ones in Capitoline very few pieces are hotspots. It’s more about moving through some extremely cool spaces and seeing some celebrated pieces.

This is most effective for the smaller museums, particularly the Museo delle Mura and the Ara Pacis because the collection is comparatively sparse and the structure itself is the focus of the tour. The reliefs of the Ara Pacis are so complex, being able to zoom in on an area virtually and read detailed explanations is very satisfying. The Museo delle Mura was one of my favorite discoveries on my 2018 Rome trip and the best part was getting to clamber through the walls. The virtual tour gives you even more of that unbelievable view from the roof of the Porta Appia and connected defensive walls.

Here are the new virtual tours:

Musei Capitolini
Museo dell’Ara Pacis
Museo Napoleonico
Mercati di Traiano – Museo dei Fori Imperiali
Casino Nobile di Villa Torlonia
Centrale Montemartini
Museo delle Mura
Museo di Roma

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Comment by Cato
2021-03-21 03:37:28

–Emas non quod opus est, sed quod necesse est. Quod non opus est, asse carum est.–

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“The visit can be enjoyed on any type of device, including mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, with additional supports such as cardboards or VR viewers. / La visita è fruibile su qualsiasi tipo di device, anche da dispositivi mobili come smartphone e tablet, con ulteriori supporti come gli appositi cardboard o visori VR.”
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O sole mio! :( –So far, I tried the ‘Museo dell’Ara Pacis’.

All I get –with activated JS and allowed scripts– is on a Debian Linux Netbook a completely white page. It seems, therefore, as if the “appositi cardboard o visori VR” are missing on my ‘Firefox ESR’ client, and no hints are given as I am obviously not smart or flat enough.

Any ideas?

 
Comment by Mike A.
2021-03-21 13:03:29

i use firefox and had no problem

 
Comment by Cato
2021-03-22 04:01:49

What I found is that the scripts talk of a “TDV.PlayerAPI”, and that something called “webgl” might play a role here, for which under Linux “OSmesa” (or in my case “libosmesa6”) could be installed and activated, which it is so far not.

Should I find the time, I might test this, even if I do not really feel like. The “Musei” probably paid a few sesterces to develop this, and to “chtonically” oracle around “appositi cardboard o visori VR” is simply not enough.

Also, according to some obscure “test page”, for my client it is claimed that “while your browser seems to support WebGL, it is disabled or unavailable. If possible, please ensure that you are running the latest video card drivers”.

…Quod non opus est, asse carum est :no: –et vale magna cum laude, Mike A.

 
Comment by Scott
2021-03-22 13:33:07

Wow, Im so excited need to find time to just immerse myself… wonder if I can get it to work with my VR Oculus Quest

 
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