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You can now simply download the app, download your self guided tour PDF, and experience Athens and Pula at your fingertips. You can do an on-site or off-site experience, it can be long or short, in any language and we have many other incredible features you can incorporate.

The tour of experience brings the best of modern and ancient Athens and Pula to life. There is no need to enter any archaeological park during this  tour. The average time to walk this distance without stopping is 50 minutes.

 

Details of the Athens Tour

We start at Monastiraki Metro Station. This is a popular spot. We start our tour and makes our way west down Ermou street, turns south until the we stop near the ticketed entrance to the agora. The Giants should be visible.

This is the exciting first VR stop. Look at the stoa of Attalos and the giants and check out the viewpoint Before the Odeion of Agrippa. You can then see the Middle Stoa, and enter the Odeion with The Odeion Vestibule, Top of the Stairs and On the Stage. Think about public spaces, and the importance of performance in Ancient Greek culture.

You then then continues walking east down Adrianou street, south onto Vrisaklou street, to the corner of Pikilis street. Here, you can visualise the viewpoint Panathenaic Way where you can make the connection between this part of the agora and the Middle Stoa viewpoint.

You continues east down Pikilis street and skirt around the south of the Roman forum. There is a break from VR, as you check out the forum and also the Tower of the Winds. You make your way up the steep Klepsidras street to Theorias street. From here, the north porch of the Erectheum is visible. You are given some background about the building before visualising North of the Erectheum, and the Courtyard of the Erectheum. This is a welcome break after the climb.

You continue west along Theorias street, where the agora becomes visible below. This is a good moment to stop and visualise The Houses was the domestic situation of ancient Athenians.

Stop at the base of the Areopagus Hill to visualise how it looked in antiquity. You then make your way south along the path ways, but half way, stop to see Base of Propylae, Entrance and Courtyard of Chalkotheke. This whets the appetite for the interior of the Parthenon.

Continues southward via the paths to the facade of the Odeion of Herodes Atticus. Look at the remains of the Stoa of Eumenes and the visitors enjoy Stoa of Eumenes and Stoa of Eumenes Entrance. Note, there is no VR reconstruction of the Odeion… it speaks for itself.

The guide then leads the group along Dionysou Areopagitou, but about half way, enjoy the viewpoint West of the Parthenon, as this corresponds to this location. Good chance for  a toilet break and look at the southwestern end of the acropolis. After the break, comes the big reveal: the interior of the Parthenon. Look at Entering the Parthenon, Before the Statue of Athena and the Upper Level of the Parthenon.

Makes its way to Hadrian’s arch continuing along Dionysou Areopagitou, until you cross Andrea Siggrou and make your way to the final collection of viewpoints. At Hadrian’s arch,  inspect Hadrian’s Arch, In front of the Colossus, and Southeast of Olympieion, and Southwest of the Olympieon.

Here concludes the tour.

Details of Rome Tour

We start at the Colosseum Metro Terrace. This is a very convenient stop to appreciate the view of the many insulae that made up the living quarters and shops of Rome. Massive crowds of an estimated 73,000 would gather for the extravagant displays performed here, and shop owners no doubt made a bustling trade from their business - as indeed they do today.

Next, head south to reach a popular spot of the Colosseum Piazza, standing at the feet of the now disappeared giant bronze Colossus (Beside the Colossus) statue representing the Sun God. This statue was moved here to make room for the Temple of Venus and Rome, which dominated the piazza. The god leans on a pillar and guides Rome’s fortunes with a rudder, held in the right hand.

Next you will enter the Colosseum as it once was, overlooking its original seats. The seating of the Colosseum was hierarchical, with the upper levels of seating for the lower classes. The emperor was provided with a special box, as were the Vestal Virgins, and senators were allocated spaces to bring their own comfortable chairs: the arena put everyone in their place for all to see.

Moving eastward within the building you will reach the next stop that will show you the ground level of the Colosseum and, within the arena, a gladiator with his equipment.

Now that you have seen the ground level, let's visit the uderground of the Colosseum, which contained the cages of ferocious and exotic animals. The Colosseum was designed with underground chambers to cage the exotic beasts that were imported from the furthest reaches of the empire to be displayed do battle in the arena. Beast hunts and damnatio ad bestias - execution by ferocious animals - were well-attended spectacles of the empire.

Moving further west you will enter one of the Seven Hills of Rome, the Palatine. It hosted several spectacular buildings built by the most important emperors. In particular, you will reach the south-west slopes from where you see an overview of the Circus Maximus and a portion of ancient Rome.

The view of the Circus Maximus is located close to the Spina of the building, the central element enriched with precious and luxurious marbles and statues. You will stand in close proximity to the statue of the mysterious Phrygian mother-goddess Cybele.

Leaving the Circus Maximus you walk through Rome's city centre further north-west, until you reach the Largo Argentina Temples, one of the most ancient and important religious spaces of ancient Rome. Moving northward along Via dei Cestari, you will pass through the Pantheon from Via della Minerva and then, turning right to Via dei Pastini, you will reach Piazza di Pietra (Templum Divi Hadriani), where the ruins of the Temple of Hadrian are still partially recognizable.

Turning right from Piazza di Pietra to the Via del Corso, and crossing the Piazza Venezia you will reach (walking eastward) the area where the emperor Trajan embellished the city of Rome with numerous buildings: Trajan's markets, forum, two libraries and additional monuments were added to the city centre by him, including a spectacular honorific column. You will stand here in the hall encircling Trajan’s Column.

Moving eastward you will walk within the open space area of Trajan’s Forum. The latter celebrated this emperor’s successful reconquest and suppression of Dacia. The loot from the campaign was used to fund propaganda, with coloured marble statues of the captured Dacian prisoners lining the central court and a statue of the triumphant emperor.

Located directly on the opposite side (south) of the Via dei Fori Imperiali you will reach the Capitoline Hill, still the modern day city centre of Rome, just as in ancient times. You will stand within the balcony of the Aedes Deorum Consentium, the Temple of the Consenting Gods, dedicated to the stability of the Olympians, and perhaps by extension, the Empire. The function of the rooms is uncertain, perhaps they housed civic offices: these bureaucrats ensured the smooth running of Rome. Before to conclude the tour you will walk back to the Colosseum Piazza and to the south-west of the Colosseum, where you will stop at the Arch of Constantine. Built at the beginning of the 4th century, its construction changed the overall appearance of entire the complex.

Here concludes the tour.

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