Virtual Rome Projects

About the Projects

Virtual Rome

Giovanni Battista Falda's exceptionally detailed 1676 plan of Rome becomes a virtual, walkable experience of the seventeenth-century city using a video-gaming platform as part of Emory's Carlos Museum's special exhibition, "Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome," on view from August 24 through November 17, 2013.


Viewers can follow the invitation of Falda’s prints to stroll the city, navigate lost streets and squares, take in vanished prospects, and experience seventeenth-century Roman in the round. Professor Sarah McPhee, director of Virtual Rome, says, "This is the first time a gaming platform has been used at Emory University to recover urban history through an immersive and interactive reconstruction."

Views of Rome

This project uses Emory’s copy of Pirro Ligorio’s 1561 map of ancient Rome to create an interactive digital tool for use by students in the classroom and by the general public. Ligorio’s map presents a bird’s-eye view of ancient Rome ca. AD 300.

The map preserves a Renaissance vision of Roman antiquity. The project address the scholarly question of how the Renaissance viewed and actively engaged with the ancient remains of Rome. The Views of Rome project presents a high-resolution scan of Ligorio’s map that users can explore in their browsers. In addition to making this rare work public in this manner, users can click on different structures on the map to learn more about them. This content has been created in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate seminars, in which students contributed primary research on Ligorio’s sources for different sectors of the map.

Faculty: Eric Varner and Sarah McPhee
Project Coordinator: Brian Croxall
Graduate Student Researcher: Katherine Cupello
Librarian Team Members: David Faulds, Kim Collins
Geographer: Michael Page
Software Developer: Kyle Bock
Digitization Team: Kyle Fenton, Brian Methot, and Paige Knight