An epic program has been created in Rome and it gives tourists an entirely different feel for the ancient wonders of the city. In fact, it puts tourists right in the middle of the action – literally. In Rewind Rome 3D, you don 3D glasses and journey back into time to visit Rome as it was around AD310. There are gladiators and lions, citizens and emperors, and all around you is the city in its finest display.
While animated and decidedly similar to a video game in graphical depiction, it is based on the estimations of many architects and the true architectural remains of the buildings. The Coliseum is the primary monument featured in the film, and other monuments include the Forum, which was ancient Rome’s seat of power, and the temple of Vesta where you are able to spy on the worship of the pagan goddess.
Emperor Maxentius governed Rome at this time in history and he is present in the film, along with many details that show you as best researchers can tell exactly how Rome might have looked. But this is not just a visual experience. By using the 3D film, you are part of the action.
You start your real-life journey in a darkened space, which you later discover is the belly of the Coliseum, before being guided into an ancient theatre to don your 3D glasses. You are guided virtually through Rome at this point by a three-dimensional figure who takes you on a story through ancient times. This is the height of Rome before Constantine established Christianity. Your guide is a plebe, but there are politicians, rich, poor, and every other sort of citizen imaginable as part of the show.
There are headsets available in eight different languages that are triggered by sensors to give you a highly personalized effect throughout the show. There are also plans to design new shows and audio to allow visitors to return to the theater and experience the magic of a different era in Rome’s history. This show allows you to sit on the first row of the Coliseum, to give a thumbs-up or down to the worthy gladiators and to see the emperor in action. If not for the story and the imaginative properties, you will enjoy the presentation simply because it gives life and walls to the ruins you see right outside the theater walls.