Brescia renews and enriches the digital storytelling offer by including the Castle of Brescia among its Brixia Time Machine AR tours

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Since 2015, Fondazione Brescia Musei and ARtGlass/Capitale Cultura Group have cooperated on projects for cultural enhancement through the multimedia language of augmented reality. Brixia Time Machine, the project resulting from this synergy, has made the Brescia Musei the first museum system in Italy for the use of this technology in the cultural sphere.

The search for enhancement and innovation of Brescian museum sites has not ceased in recent years, and thanks to the project “Accessible tourism and enhancement paths thanks to a new augmented reality – The Castle of Brescia and the archaeological system of Brescia Musei,” awarded by the tender InnovaMusei – Lombardy Region, Unioncamere Lombardia, and Fondazione Cariplo, a new chapter is now available within the ARt-Glass® Experience proposals, entitled “The Castle, the weapons and the knights” – available inside the Museum of Arms “Luigi Marzoli” at the Castle of Brescia.

In this new narrative itinerary, the visitor is accompanied by an exceptional guide: Giovanni Visconti, archbishop of Milan, who, together with his brother Luchino, became lord of Brescia in the 14th century.

Following the collection of weapons and armor, the Epson Moverio BT-350 technology integrated with the patented ARtGlass platform highlights the traces left over the centuries by the dominions of the Visconti and the Venetians on the wall frescoes that decorate the halls of the keep and brings to view the architectural remains of the Church of Santo Stefano in Arce and the original appearance of the Roman temple on which the Castle of Brescia stands.

Thus, the augmented reality tour itineraries available for visitors become four: Brixia. Archaeological Park of Roman Brescia, the Domus dell’Ortaglia, the Basilica of San Salvatore at the Santa Giulia Museum, and finally, The castle, the weapons, and the knights at the Castle of Brescia.

In addition to the expansion of the Brixia Time Machine offer, the contribution of InnovaMusei has made it possible to update each visit itinerary and relaunch the first experience at the Archaeological park of Roman Brescia with unpublished content dedicated to the Winged Victory. In addition to the history and iconography of the statue, augmented reality today reveals the technical data and images of the restoration carried out between 2018 and 2020 at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence.

Finally, by integrating a new subtitling system for the deaf and inserting elements of lucidity and interactivity into the visit itinerary, Brescia Musei continues to develop the accessibility and inclusiveness of its offer towards all audiences, including fragile subjects and those with hearing and motor disabilities.

Brescia is the Italian capital of the story of cultural heritage through augmented reality; this has once again been recognized by the Innovamusei system – Lombardy Region, Unioncamere Lombardia, and Fondazione Cariplo“, says Antonio Scuderi, CEO of ARt-Glass® and Capital Culture Group. “Augmented reality, thanks above all to the experience made in Brescia, which today reaches the fourth stage of this journey, is now a mature language that fits into a new dimension of storytelling, which today we call mixed. The pandemic has brought us into a new dimension, in which we must find our own humanistic path that brings together the physical and the digital and allows us to be the forerunners of this new story”.

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