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Parts of the world will become virtualized as time and people arise to tackle
them. If you are working on any particular location and are willing to
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- The Portale Cartografico Nazionale
(PCN) provides a 3D flyover of all of Italy
- reported in August 2008: "If you register (free), you can download the
3D app (uses ThreeX technology) to flyover
Italy, with DEM 20x20 and terraitaly ortomaps 1m/pixel. Unfortunately it
is slow, and not well cached, but there is a great detail, and i like the
- Italy eXplorer
- Website with an embedded interactive flyover of all of Italy, from company
called "GIS Solution"
- Uses nicely cleaned-up public data for elevation, imagery, and point
locations for cities
- Andrea Caporin explains: "The DEM data are SRTM data, interpolated to
cover the voids and resampled to about 250m to improve the visualization
speed. The textures are obtained by LandSat ETM+ scenes (PAN+TM),
with final resolution of 15 m. I worked very much with Global Mapper
and then with Photoshop."
- Built on the Blaxxun VRML control which unfortunately means that it
is Windows and IE only, and must do paging in a very blocky, chunky fashion
- Navigation is smooth and easy, although very constrained (fixed elevation,
no pitch) which is probably appropriate for novice visitors
- Istituto Geografico Militare (IGMI) is
the official agency, which licenses some data at reasonable cost, including
- 3DCarto distributes
"for all Italian territory, Orthophoto, Aerials and DTM" ready for use in their
- Il Lupo sells 2D/3D map software which
appears to do some realtime terrain rendering
- a contact: Charles Macmillan (email@example.com),
looking at large datasets of northern Italy and of Austria, combining DEMs with
- UltraSoft3D's Territorio
italiano 3D VRML
- A nifty web utility (in Italian) for browsing to any part of Italy in
a 2D map browser, then converting that area of the terrain to a VRML output
file. I found it easy to use, although of course suffering from the
drawbacks of VRML (file size, syntax errors reported, difficult navigation,
- The Ultramundum project has modelled
some places in Italy
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- Their goal is eventually to model all of Italy.
- Actually, one scene is downloable:
3D interactive model of Turin,
home of the 2006 olympic winter games.
- A very early alpha version of their software is available from their
- Apparently these are part of a much larger, more ambitious project called
which says "Any place on Earth will be explorable and it will be possible
to visit it not only in three dimensions but in any period of the past...
4DGea will became the greatest work ever done by mankind, a four-dimensional
book whose pages will contain everything we know of our history, everything
of our science, everything of our culture, everything about our endless
- Rome Reborn
- An long-term project (1997-2007) by teams at the University of Virginia,
UCLA and Politecnico di Milano, to create a 3D model of the ancient city
of Rome. The notional date of the model is 320 AD. The primary
purpose of the model was to present information and theories about how the
city looked at that moment in time, roughly the peak of its development
as the capital of the Roman Empire.
- related projects Digital
Roman Forum, Aquae Urbis
- news releases:
- Virtual Rome (Google Earth)
- Rome as of 320 AD, with 6,700 buildings, as a freely viewable layer
in Google Earth, adapted from the multi-year "Rome Reborn" project.
- As of 2012, it's not clear if it's still available online.
- A free Windows application which gives a flyover of the island of Sardinia,
similar to a simplified Google Earth.
- Actually, compared to GE, the elevation is more accurate, but the imagery
worse, the paging is slower, and there are no cities or other culture.
- Here are side-by-side images showing the same place (on the island of
Tavolara) in Sardegna3D vs. GE:
- I don't read Italian so i'm not certain what the purpose of this software
is; it doesn't seem to have any culture or to be open for any use besides
- The city of Magnago (in Milano Province) was modeled by
tecnolution as "Magnago
Virtuale", an experiment of urban simulation on a small/medium scale, created
in conjunction with the city center renovation project. Interestingly,
they provide several different ways to view the model:
- VRML, built on the Cortona VRML Client
- panning over a large pre-rendered 3D view, using Flash
- panning around in pre-rendered panoramic views, using Flash
- rendered video of walking around the model, using Flash
- VRInternal 3D interactive created
architecture VRML models
- GeoSim Systems created a model
of a small part of
Milan, although it's unclear who owns the resulting model
- The OpenDEM website hosts a
high-resolution point elevation model of Gaeta, Italy
- the Virtual Heritage Lab of
- CINECA 3D - research organization with
emphasis on archaeology, both in Italy and abroad
- Their history includes models of: Bologna, Sicilia, and as of 2008,
ancient Rome (see below)
- They used Enviro in a Exhibit in Italy
(ArcheoVirtual 2008) for a multi-temporal project regarding an area in the
North Part of Italy:
- Virtual Rome (VHLab
- Rome model with interactive features: view points; switching among different
landscapes; uploading of 3d models, vegetation, vectors, labels; fast tool-tip
visualization; 3d link to multimedia contents.
- Developed by VHLab of CNR ITABC (Virtual
Heritage Lab) in cooperation with CINECA (Visit Lab)
teams: a group of ICT and GIS experts, archaeologists, art historians and
architects devoted to VR applications dedicated to Virtual Heritage.
CNR is the National Council of Researches, CINECA is a supercomputing
- Viewable in a web page, using the open-source OSG4WEB plugin.