Digital Heritage 2018 3rd International Congress & Expo
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Booth Exploracity
Via Sestri 37 Genova, 161454 Italy
Exploracity: an innovative platform offering new services for the enhancement of Tourism and Cultural Heritage
by Giovanni Verreschi, Antonio Novellino, Ugo Galassi, Adele Magnelli and Davide Pantile

The “Exploracity” project is an innovative platform offering new services for the growth and the enhancement of Tourism flows and Cultural Heritage in Genoa. Financed by the MISE (Ministry of Economic Development), as part of Italy’s National Digital Programme, and created by ETT spa, Exporacity is the first systematic and communicative use in Italy of augmented and virtual reality for a complete multimedia tourist app.

Using innovative tools, Exploracity makes a city visit an immersive and evocative experience. Simple to manage, the use of geolocation mixed with virtual and augmented reality content means that each multimedia unit gives specific didactic content in a distinctive way and at differing levels, permitting cultural content to be enjoyed in an immersive and highly suggestive way, and encouraging in-depth learning of the history of Genoa’s most important monuments. 

Utilising both outdoor and indoor positioning functions, Exploracity is the perfect tool with which to plan a personal tourist route. Visitors can “live” the city and its parks, churches and museums, taking various and unexpected routes. 

Each itinerary and on-site POI around the city contains videos, pictures, a mini virtual cultural-route, games, VR and AR experiences, as well as a collection of data and historical information. Much information on the typical life of citizens and on traditional artisan crafts is included. 

In the “Mediaeval Itinerary”, with its fifteen POIs, tourists can use a Cardboard viewer and watch immersive 360° video or pictures, discovering Genoa’s past. A mix of VR and AR elements show today’s city in its ancient magnificence, with the original monuments, churches, streets and squares. By listening to the narration and seeing every recreated secret corner, Genoa regains its original splendour right before visitors’ eyes.