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The Ara as it was

14/10/2016 - 30/10/2017

The Ara as it was

The redevelopment project in augmented reality of the Ara Pacis
Type: Manifestation

Few monuments have managed to transmit, as the Ara Pacis does, the beliefs, ideals and ambitions of a ruling class at the height of its power. Over the centuries the monumental altar has experienced stories and events that you can now relive thanks to the multimedia project THE ARA AS IT WAS, the first systematic redevelopment project in augmented reality of the cultural heritage of Rome.

Using special AR visors (Samsung GearVR) and the devices' camera inserted in them, virtual elements and real elements mix together into the visitors' field of vision leading them on a multisensory and immersive visit of the altar built by Augustus to celebrate the peace he imposed on one of the largest Empires that ever existed. 
The route, divided into 9 points of interest (POI), begins with the models of the Northern Campus Martius, and the Ara Pacis which are populated by small characters intent on celebrating a sacrifice. By looking at the models, the peculiarities of the Campus Martius in Roman times can also be discovered and the history of the altar can be relived, while the casts of the imperial family come to life to tell you their stories first-hand. Its marble characters, deities, plants and animals come to life in 3D and find the colour that enriched the reliefs, according to a restitution hypothesis elaborated in specialised studies.
On the Ara Pacis, as an extraordinary message to posterity, the origins of Rome merge with that of the Augustus family, to represent the fate of a city that becomes an empire and those of a dynasty that dominates it.


Museo dell'Ara Pacis
Opening hours


From 13 January to 25 March:
Friday and Saturday from 19.30 to 00.00 (last entry at 23.00)
from 31 March to 15 April:
Friday and Saturday from 20 to 00.00 (last entry at 23.00)
from 21 April to 30 October:
every evening from 20 to 00.00 (last entry at 23.00)

Closed: 10, 24, 25, 31 December; 1 January; 1 May

Entrance ticket

Full price: € 12.00

Reduced: € 10.00

booking is advisable on +39 060608


Entrance will be organised in small groups subject to quotas
Children under 13 are not allowed to use visors. 

Info 060608 (every day 9.00 – 21.00) 

To find out the conditions reserved for Tour Operators and Travel Agencies, please contact our team on 


Zètema Progetto Cultura

Promoted by
Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita Culturale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

With the collaboration of

MasterCard Priceless Rome

Media Partner
Il Messaggero

Thanks to
Associazione Porto di Ripetta

With the technical assistance of

ATAC; Trenitalia; Aeroporti di Roma; Dimensione Suono Due

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