A “time machine” has been active since this Thursday in Italy: it is the VR Bus from Invisible Cities, that takes tourists to know ancient Rome, in a formidable experience that combines history and virtual reality.
The Virtual Reality Bus – Imperial Rome leaves from Piazza della Madonna di Loreto, at Trajan’s Column, to the end of Via dei Fori Imperiali, in 30 minutes and available in Italian and English.
It is a 16-seat vehicle with state-of-the-art 3D technology, which gives passengers the opportunity to see what the capital of the empire looked like from their window.
Your tour covers the streets of the archaeological district of Rome, and you will be able to see on the OLED screens superimposed on the windows of the bus what the Imperial Forums, the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the Circus Maximus and the Theater of Marcellus were like.
All images are created by visual effects specialists, under the guidance of archaeologists, according to the portal The Mayor.
The Invisible Cities VR Bus in Rome, a unique project of its kind
Roberto Gualtieri, Mayor of Rome, spoke about the Invisible Cities VR Bus project.
“The VR Bus project will allow visitors to literally immerse themselves in the history of Rome. It is a unique initiative of its kind, that will take tourists and Roman residents on a journey to discover Rome’s past.”
But it will not only have a visual component, but also an olfactory one, since an automated system on board will release fragrances designed to evoke the identity of some places.
In any case, to comply 100% with the experience, the smell of ancient Rome was not very pleasant either, let’s say.
The bus also respects the environment, Since it is fully electric, it is small and quiet, with an average speed similar to that of a scooter.