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Flyover Zone has released its next teletour of Hadrian’s Villa. The next part of the villa you will visit is the so-called Stadium Garden. As you’ll quickly see, the complex was neither a stadium nor a garden but–as the modern excavations revealed–an impressive complex of buildings richly decorated with sculpture. It was used in warm weather for imperial audiences, a place for strolling, and imperial banquets. Highlights of the tour include the South Nymphaeum with sixteen statues illustrating the tragic story of Niobe and her children; the South Hall, where you can see Hadrian presiding over an imperial audience; the North Hall, where you can see the one sculpture gallery known from the villa; the North Peristyle, which included an intimate dining room (triclinium) and even the emperor’s very own toilet. This tour includes nighttime views when the place was transformed by the artificial lights into one of the most enchanting parts of Hadrian’s government retreat.
Flyover Zone is proud to be developing Hadrian’s Villa Reborn. The Director is Prof. Bernard Frischer, who has been working on the site for over twenty years and who is Director of the Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project. This line of products will present virtual tours of the various complexes at this enormous government retreat, which is situated in Tivoli about 30 km from Rome. Your first virtual visit will be made to the South Theater, which stands on private land owned for centuries by the Bulgarini family. Subsequent products will include the Stadium Garden, Maritime Theater, Canopus, and Piazza D’Oro.
The last civic building constructed in the ancient Rome was the Basilica Nova (“New Basilica”), which is also known as the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine. Located between the Temple of Venus and Rome and the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the core of the building was a vast hall richly decorated with marbles on the floor and walls. At the end of the hall was a colossal seated statue of Constantine the Great, fragments of which are now in the Capitoline Museums in Rome. This virtual tour is presented by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker of Smarthistory, the world’s most visited website for Art History. Follow them around the site to learn about the building’s use, later history, construction technique, and style. Use the time warp feature to compare the ruinous condition of the building today with the way it appeared when new in the fourth century of our era.
The Colosseum is a must-see on every tourist’s visit to The Eternal City. Now, Flyover Zone takes you there from your own home or classroom. The tour covers the Colosseum and surrounding monuments including the Temple of Venus and Rome, the Arch of Titus, the Arch of Constantine, the Meta Sudans, the Colossus of the Sun, and the Ludus Magnus. See the ruins as they appear today and also go back in time to see the way they looked in antiquity. Your guides are Prof. Bernard Frischer, an expert on the archaeology of ancient Rome, and Prof. Barry Strauss, an expert on Roman history.
The ancient Romans did not have hot air balloons, so they were never able to get a bird’s eye view of their city, the biggest and most impressive city in human history before the nineteenth century. Now, Flyover Zone takes you up into the air in a virtual hot air balloon so that you can have the breaktaking experience of seeing the lost urban tapestry of Rome spread out at your feet. Teleport from point of interest to point of interest. Learn about the use of land in ancient Rome, which was not as unplanned and chaotic a city as it might at first glance appear to be. See where the Romans worked, worshipped, shopped, conducted public business, and buried their dead. Also included are six Time Warps where you can fade between the aerial view in antiquity and that from the same position over today’s city.
The tour offers up to 35 stops and takes about two hours. Your guide is Bernard Frischer, an expert on the archaeology of ancient Rome.
The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved ancient buildings in the city of Rome and is a perennial favorite of visitors to The Eternal City. Now, Flyover Zone takes you to the Pantheon, making it easy to visit without leaving home. Beth Harris and Steven Zucker of Smarthistory are your guides. They explain the history of the building, how it was used, and show you its dramatic alignment to the sun on a special day of the year. Along the tour you can see views of the monument today and also go back in time to see the way it looked in late antiquity.
In antiquity, the Roman Forum was the city center of The Eternal City. Here were located important government buildings, law courts, temples, and monuments. Flyover Zone takes you to the Forum as it appears today and as it looked at the peak of the urban development of ancient Rome in the fourth century of our era. Your guide is Prof. Bernard Frischer, an expert on Roman archaeology. Along the way, you can hear interviews with other distingjuished experts, including Prof. Russell Scott, Prof. Bryan Rose, Prof. Paolo Liverani, and Prof. Barry Strauss.