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Learning with Virtual Reality:

VR for Schools

Let’s meet for an extraordinary lesson
and learn about history and art in an engaging way!

Virtual reality technology will allow you to experience an extraordinary journey and take you back in time to see, with your own eyes, what you have read in history books so far. A specialized guide will accompany us on our virtual journey and can answer all your questions and curiosities.

Art and history will no longer seem the same to you!

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Student-friendly activities!

Guided Tours + VR

Guided tours of Imperial Rome, St. Peter's Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo, and Medieval Viterbo with 3D headsets.

Interactive lessons

Interactive lessons at school and in the classroom with the support of 3D visors. We've got it all covered!

Other guided Tours

Tailored and personalized guided tours: museums, monuments, itineraries, exhibitions, and much more.

PLEASE NOTE: All activities will be conducted with the accompaniment and guidance of an official and authorized tour guide, archaeologist or art historian, capable of leading students through a unique and engaging educational experience!

How to organize them?

Identify the group

Identify the group of students with whom you think to organize the educational activity, as this will make it easier to customize it to their needs and interests!

Contact us

Contact us by phone or email and let us know the number of people, their age, and the type of topic you would like to cover.

Let's plan!

We will plan the activity that best fits students’ needs, and we create a special proposal and a quote for your school.

Tours and lessons with VR headsets

Tour #1

Imperial ROME

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A journey through time that will take you to the era of Imperial Rome. The Colosseum area, Ludus Magnus, the Forums of Augustus and Trajan, the Theatre of Marcellus, the Roman insulae, and the Circus Maximus are the places you can visit and discover with virtual reality headsets.

Tour #2

St. Peter's
Basilica and Castel S. Angelo

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A journey through time to discover the history of the largest and most famous Basilica in the world. From the ancient area of the gardens of Agrippina, passing through the Constantinian building, and ending with the modern Basilica dominated by Michelangelo’s magnificent dome and enriched by Bernini’s splendid colonnade, virtual reality will allow you to visualize and understand the stages of this long, laborious, and fascinating architectural history. But it is not all: a few hundred meters from St. Peter’s Basilica, another building stands and awaits you to reveal two millennia of history and transformations: Castel Sant’Angelo.

Tour #3

Medieval VITERBO

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The origins of Viterbo date back to the Neolithic period, and in the Middle Ages, its history gave it prominence, among other things, transforming it in 1266 into the papal residence. We will relive the development of the Viterbo territory from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, see the Piazza del Plebiscito and the Macchina di Santa Rosa, the assassination of Henry of Cornwall in the Piazza del Gesù, and finally, be witnesses to the longest conclave in history…

Other guided tours for schools

The following is a list of guided tours and itineraries designed for schools. These itineraries do not use our virtual reality headsets, but are designed and conducted by our authorized guides who specialize in activities with students. They are customizable and in some cases accompanied by workshops and practical activities. We invite you to consult this list, read the details of each tour, and contact us to personalize them based on the needs of your students and your teaching program.

The following icons will help you quickly identify the age groups for which each itinerary can be tailored, and the possibility of conducting in-depth workshops on the topics covered:

Kindergarten / Preschool

Primary school

Middle school

activities included

Orto botanico di Roma
The BOTANICAL GARDEN of Rome, among flowers and butterflies.
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A corner of paradise in the heart of Trastevere: the Botanical Garden of Rome is one of the city's least known treasures.

Among century-old palms, tropical greenhouses, a Japanese garden, ponds and paths, you can experience a fantastic journey with us, traveling around the world and discovering plants and flowers from every corner of the planet simply by strolling in the center of Rome.

It is also possible to visit a special section dedicated to butterfly breeding, waiting for them to settle on you!

Start/end: Largo Cristina di Svezia, 23-24
 

Galleria Nazionale d Arte Moderna di Roma Sergio D’Afflitto, CC BY-SA 3.0 IT , via Wikimedia Commons
GALLERIA NAZIONALE DI ARTE MODERNA: what strange artworks!
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The gallery is a magnificent palace and a huge container for the most important European and worldwide contemporary art works.

Works by great artists such as Canova, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Klimt are displayed alongside works by Italian and European nineteenth-century artists, as well as art installations created in the last 20 years.

Come and discover with us the colors, shapes, and emotions of a very strange, particular, and fun art!

Start/End: Viale delle Belle Arti, 131.

Murales di Tor Marancia
An open-air museum: THE MURALS OF TORMARANCIA.
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An open-air museum: you will be able to admire huge paintings on the facades of some residential buildings in a simple neighborhood in Rome.

Walking freely through the alleys of a courtyard, you will have the opportunity to come into contact with a brand new type of art and to get to know and interpret the ideas and messages of many young artists who have decided to collaborate to make a simple and popular place more beautiful and therefore more pleasant to live in.

Let yourself be inspired by the colors and shapes painted on the walls and let yourself be carried away by the atmospheres evoked by the history that each of these great paintings brings with it.

Start/End: Viale di Tormarancia, 63

Discovering the professions of the Ancient Romans at OSTIA ANTICA.
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Did you know that in ancient Rome there were taxis and firefighters?

Did you know that in Ostia it was possible to take a nice hot bath in the company of the God of the Sea?

Would you like to enter the oldest fast food restaurant in the world?

Discover with us the archaeological park of Ostia Antica, traveling through the centuries and trying to imagine what a typical day of an ancient Roman might have been like.

During our walk, we will visit various places dedicated to the many professions that men and women in Ostia tirelessly carried out 2000 years ago!

Starting/ending point: Viale dei Romagnoli, 717

Piazza Navona
Discovering ANCIENT EGYPT on the streets of Rome.
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In Rome, there are 13 obelisks, which qualifies the city as the second in the world for the number of obelisks present on its streets, after Cairo!

After the conquest of Egypt, the Romans fell in love with the culture and style of this ancient civilization, which they imitated by building temples and worshiping their own deities.

Our walk will allow you to search for clues of Egyptian buildings and statues in Rome; we will search together for cats, elephants, large feet, and enormous temples hidden among the most beautiful and central squares and streets of Rome!

Start: Piazza Navona, Fountain of the Four Rivers End: Capitoline Hill staircase

Villa dei Quintili Sara Fioravanti, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
The VILLA DEI QUINTILI and its thermal baths
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Did you know that in the heart of the queen of all roads of the Roman Empire, in the 2nd century AD, two brothers had built a huge villa with gardens, terraces, large rooms, and above all, a huge thermal complex?

After their death, the villa passed into the hands of the terrible emperor Caracalla who decided to make it one of his residences.

Today, we can still visit what remains of the huge structures of the villa and try together to reconstruct its greatness.

Come and discover with us one of the most famous and relaxing habits of the ancient Romans: the Spa!

Start/End: Via Appia Nuova, 1098.

Le terme di Caracalla
The CARACALLA BATHS
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In the heart of Rome, amidst the traffic and noise of the city, stand the majestic and enduring walls of the largest and most efficient thermal complex ever built. Visiting it today means taking a leap back in time to admire the statues, mosaics, and decorations of one of the most beloved and frequented places by the Romans of the imperial era.

Start/End: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla.

Musei Capitolini di Roma
The CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS: the foundation of Rome and its oldest museum.
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The Capitoline Museums are the oldest public museum in the world, founded by Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere who wanted to give the people of Rome a group of great and important bronze statues that everyone could admire.

While all museums and major European collections could only be frequented by the wealthy, the Capitoline Museums were the first place of culture open to everyone and for everyone!

Today they preserve great masterpieces of ancient statuary, from the Capitoline Wolf to Marcus Aurelius, which will help us discover the roots of the foundation of the greatest empire of antiquity.

Start/end: Piazza del Campidoglio, 1

Castel Sant Angelo
CASTEL SANT'ANGELO: from tomb of the emperors to museum
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The Giant of the Tiber, the great castle of Rome that dominates the roofs of our city!

Come and discover the thousand-year history of one of the most famous and important buildings of the empire that was born as the tomb of Emperor Hadrian and his successors, then transformed into the residence of the popes, then into a castle and finally into a terrible prison.

Together we will arrive on one of the largest and most exciting terraces in Rome that will allow us to look at the Eternal City at 360 degrees, in the shadow of the great Angel that dominates the Castle!

Start/End: Lungotevere Castello, 50

Mercati di Traiano
The MARKETS OF TRAJAN: what did the ancient Romans eat
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Did you know that in the heart of Rome there is still the oldest shopping center in the world?

Did you know that it is still possible to walk along the streets and enter the shops that people frequented in the 1st century AD?

Among the artifacts, statues, and decorations found during the construction of Via dei Fori Imperiali, we will be able to discover the ancient people's eating habits as they lived their daily lives.

Finally, we will arrive in the shadow of Rome's tallest tower, the Torre delle Milizie.

Start/End: Via Quattro Novembre, 94

The Stadium of Domitian and PIAZZA NAVONA
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Let's descend 4 and a half meters below the surface of Piazza Navona to walk in the arena and on the stands of the oldest and largest masonry stadium ever built in Rome.

We will study together the shape and function of this ancient building and try to relive a day of celebration, fun of ancient Rome, imagining the games and athletic disciplines that were exercised.

Finally, we will go back up to the modern level and immerse ourselves in the beauty of Piazza Navona, its fountains, its church, and its great artists, discovering together the connection between the underground and the Rome in which we walk today!

Start: Via di Tor Sanguigna, 3
End: Piazza Navona

La Roma barocca di Bernini e Borromini
The BAROQUE ROME of Bernini and Borromini.
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Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini are the two artists who in the 1600s changed the face of the city of Rome enriching it with fountains, statues, staircases, churches, and squares. Their work and their relationships were always linked to the will of the great popes of their time who loved them, hated them, influenced them, and encouraged them.

We will retrace their lives and their time by walking among their masterpieces: from the Barcaccia fountain in Piazza di Spagna, passing through Palazzo Montecitorio and the Pantheon, to reach together the best spot in the world where we can still see Gianlorenzo and Francesco looking into each other's eyes!

Start: Piazza di Spagna
End: Piazza Navona

Caravaggio nelle chiese e nelle strade di Roma
CARAVAGGIO in the churches and streets of Rome.
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Michelangelo Merisi is now one of the most appreciated artists, but until 100 years ago, he was a little-known artist!

His life is worthy of a film plot, and we can retrace it by walking through the streets of Rome he frequented in the seventeenth century, and especially by entering the churches that still preserve his great masterpieces.

By studying the style of his works, we will try to reconstruct his life, emotions, and adventures that lie behind the characters and details of his stunning works of art.

Start: Piazza di San Luigi dei Francesi
End: Piazza del Popolo

Centrale Montemartini foto di Matteo Basile su pexels
The CENTRALE MONTEMARTINI: from hydroelectric power plant to museum.
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It is the most unique museum in the city: ancient statues, Roman copies of original Greek statues, are hosted among the unused pipes and structures of a hydro-electric power plant. We are in the heart of Rome's most commercial area, from ancient to modern times, on the road that connects and connected Rome to the ancient city's port.

Come and discover the stories and tales of the ancient gods and the most extraordinary artifacts of the classical world in Rome.

Start/End: Via Ostiense, 106

Ponte Sant Angelo
Legends about ghosts among THE STREETS OF ROME.
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Rome, its streets and its roads have always told stories and legends that often concern ghosts and specters of men and women who have lived, suffered or who have simply left a mark in the ancient memory of people.

La Pimpaccia, Beatrice Cenci, the king of Italy are some of the characters whose traces and stories we will retrace by walking and stopping in the places where they are remembered.

Start: Piazza Mattei
End: Castel Sant’Angelo

Portico d Ottavia nel Ghetto ebraico di Roma Camelia.boban, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
The JEWISH GHETTO of Rome and the Synagogue
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The walk will wind through the alleys and streets of one of the richest historical neighborhoods of Rome, always inhabited by citizens of Jewish religion.

Starting from the legends and history of the only natural island of the Tiber, we will arrive together in front of the magnificence of the imperial architectures, until we reach the most recent era.

The buildings of the Jewish quarter will tell us about the various phases of history until we arrive, unfortunately, to the darkest pages of our recent history.

It is possible, finally, to access the interior of the Synagogue accompanied by explanations from an internal guide of Jewish religion.

Start: Piazza di San Bartolomeo all'Isola End: Piazza Gerusalemme

Galleria Borghese
The BORGHESE GALLERY
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The pleasure villa of Pope Paul V and his nephew Cardinal Scipione is now one of the most visited museums in Italy, thanks to the presence of the greatest masterpieces of European art inside.

Among the rooms of the gallery, we will have the opportunity to admire the great sculptural groups by Gianlorenzo Bernini, the paintings by Caravaggio, the altarpieces by Raphael, and many other masterpieces hosted in a uniquely beautiful setting.

Start/End: Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5.

The DORIA PAMPHILI GALLERY
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It was the residence of one of the most important families of the seventeenth century, the family of Pope Innocent X Pamphilj, and it hosted the apartments of the couple formed by Camillo Pamphilj and Olimpia Aldobrandini.

The collections of the families of the two spouses have therefore merged in this majestic palace which is still owned by the family who lives there on a daily basis.

While walking through its four galleries, we will have the opportunity to admire priceless works of art, from Raphael to Caravaggio, from Carracci to Guido Reni, from Guercino to Velasquez.

Start/end: Via del Corso, 305

The TOWERS of Rome
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A special walk to discover some of the towers of Rome.

If we could go back in time and visit medieval Rome, we would be amazed by the presence of many towers; those that still take part in the composition of the beautiful Roman skyline will be our pretext and stops to reach during a journey through alleys more or less known.

Start: Via Quattro Novembre End: Via del Fagutale

Request information:

We want you have an exciting experience just as we are feeling doing this job, and for this reason we invite you to contact us to build together the most suitable program for you and your students.

You can contact us by calling the phone number +39 347 0705602 (only WhatsApp), writing an email to info@vrbacktothepast.com or filling out the form below to tell us what kind of activity you would like to carry out.

FAQ, the answers to the questions that you surely want to ask us too...

Tours with VR headset

Should the VR headset be kept safe?

Yes, the VR headset should be kept and taken care of, the same goes for the audio guide, they should not be damaged or left unattended.

Is the VR headset sanitized?

Yes, the VR headset is sanitized and delivered to one person per bag where it should be kept throughout the tour and returned at the end of each viewing.

Is the VR headset geolocated?

No, the VR headset is not geolocated and can be used anywhere, even inside schools.

Does the VR headset need to be worn while walking?

No, the VR headset can only be worn while standing still.

Can you wear glasses with the VR headset?

Yes, but we recommend to remove your glasses first and to find the focal point through the focus adjustment wheel located above the headset.

During the virtual tour, do you enter inside some monuments?

With the headset you cannot enter inside the monuments, but we will stay as close as possible to them. The viewing with headset is on the outside.

If it rains, can we still do it?

It can be done in case of uncertain weather with light rain, otherwise it will be canceled and rescheduled.

Can we eat during the tour?

No, you can arrange to eat either before or immediately after the end of the tour.
 

May I move away during the tour?

No, no one can move away during the tour. If strictly necessary, we ask you to return the headset, and we will give it back to you as soon as you came back.

How far in advance can I cancel the Tour that I have booked?

Tours can be canceled up to 24 hours before the scheduled appointment.

Especially for schools

Is the booking and the bus transportation service included in the offer?

No, booking and transport service is a school charge. We recommend taking care of special permit to stop and enter inside the centre of Rome.

Where will the packed lunch take place?

In the case of Full Day guided tours, depending on the itinerary and the chosen guided tour, the guide will identify a suitable location for the students to stop and also provide access to restrooms. This is where the packed lunch will take place.
 

Is it possible to customize the itinerary?

Yes, it is possible to fully customize the proposed itinerary during the organization and booking phase, down to every detail.

When and how will we receive the details of the full or half-day educational outing we have booked?

In the days immediately following the booking and in the days immediately before the date of the educational outing, an email or a WhatsApp message will be sent with all the details regarding the schedule, meeting and ending points of the tour, museums or sites for which admission is expected, or stops on the chosen itinerary.

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