When touring archaeological ruins, have you ever wished you could visualize the site in its original glory? If so, Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini is the museum for you! We discovered this relatively new attraction thanks to its #1 rating on TripAdvisor, and it did not disappoint. It is the most effective use we've seen of modern multimedia to create a “time travel” experience.
Advance reservations are normally required, since tours are limited to a small size and are presented in various languages throughout the day. However, we were walking by early in the morning and found that we could get in immediately if we wished to take the French tour (not our first language). We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned a lot despite perhaps missing a few linguistic nuances.
As we were guided on plexiglass walkways over the ruins, audio explanations were complemented by computer graphics and laser lights that rebuilt the excavations before our eyes as they would have looked in their original splendor. Human guides are present throughout to answer questions. There are also transitional rooms where many of the original artifacts are displayed. At the end of the tour, we were ushered through a “secret passageway” out to the base of Trajan’s Column, the only place on this tour where photos are allowed.
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