Google Earth Now Features Rome Reborn 2.0

Google Earth's Rome RebornHow did people live thousands of years ago?  The University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities asked this exact same question. As a result, they decided to digitally rebuild the revolutionary city of Rome during the peak of its development (around A.D. 320 – the time of Constantine The Great). They figured this would be the best way to try and understand how humans lived so long ago.

The very first version of the Rome Reborn product went under construction 10 years ago, and the task was finally finished last year. Included in it were 250 highly detailed structures, and a total of over 7,000 structures in all. They used a 1:250 scale model of Rome that took forty years to create (from 1933 to 1973). This smaller scale Rome was actually constructed out of Plaster of Paris. Using laser scanners they scanned the Plaster of Paris model and created the virtual model. The original use of this model was to be utilized in a theater at UCLA. Since last year the Rome Reborn Project has seen many faces, it’s most recent being Rome Reborn 2.0 which improved the detail significantly. Google then joined in and offered to include Rome Reborn in Google Earth.

With Rome Reborn in Google Earth, it’s the equivalent of an virtual time machine, which can be used to study the history of Rome and other great cities of the world. If you currently have Google Earth (any version), you can enjoy touring ancient Rome. Not only can you navigate around the structures, but you can also go in them, and enter areas like the Colosseum and even the Roman Senate. With more time, more information will be added researches believe. They also hope that by pioneering this research into the past – other researchers will catch some inspiration and create 3D models of other forgotten cities.


  1. anna
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 11:12:31

    Wow! This is awesome.

    Would love to know the ancient Rome.

  2. humblebee
    Jan 24, 2009 @ 14:15:29

    Again, these google guys found something awesome …

  3. BGAN Media
    Feb 24, 2009 @ 03:55:50

    The new google earth is pretty crazy. I am amazed at how they can do everything they do. Google the Atlantis News, it turned out they don’t think it’s real, but still cool!

  4. wisp
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 07:16:29

    Great thanks for this material. I`m a worker of the IT, and also of the tourism sphere (copywriter of ancient traditions), so this application do the good work for me =)

    Thanks! I should wisit you blog more often)

  5. syAnaz
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 12:07:46

    Wow.. I wish I have google Earth.. Btw, Nice article..

  6. Mike
    Mar 20, 2009 @ 21:12:50

    I missed this one. I got notification when Google added oceans and Mars. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Monica - Staff "Il Bloggatore"
    Mar 21, 2009 @ 09:03:54

    Good! I’m Italian and this is a very good post! ;)

  8. Mike
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 22:33:06

    Thanks for sharing about this new add to Google Earth. They also have Google Mars and Google Ocean.

  9. games
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 13:49:25

    WOW I feel like they invent the time machine, awsome! good for education purposes :-)

  10. web designer and SEO UK
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 17:07:06

    Wow I love Google :)) .. they might be taking over the world but with Google maps, Google earth, Street view, and now this.. they provide a great service. Being in web design and SEO, Google kind of rule my life.. but I have to say theyre great at what they do!

    Nice post btw :))

  11. Monica - Staff "Il Bloggatore"
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 16:40:19

    I’m Italian and it’s great!!!

  12. Naruto
    Apr 27, 2009 @ 11:36:48

    This is pretty awesome, Google are thinking of everything these days, now they have the go-ahead for Google Street view – massive project for them in my opinion.

  13. dev
    May 14, 2009 @ 04:29:45

    but why did google went for rome there are so many intresting place other than rome

  14. Jan
    May 22, 2009 @ 11:18:10

    That is a very helpful software. The new generation can easily visualize how Rome looks like hundred of years ago. Very interesting.

  15. backup xbox 360 games
    Jun 06, 2009 @ 22:31:07

    big g are awesome, no wonder they dominate the internet.

  16. Steve
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 19:53:07

    I just checked this out on my Google Earth – amazing!
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  17. Bulk USB Flash Drives
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 19:53:45

    I have just checked this on my google earth – amazing. Google is the best :))

  18. Lorraine
    Jul 19, 2009 @ 21:34:53

    Cool. Must go and have a look.

  19. Knoxville Website Deisgn
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 15:25:31

    A virtual time machine! This could have some really cool applications.

  20. free
    Sep 27, 2009 @ 03:37:11

    and it took them one day to make it in google earth
    guess we cant use “rome wasn’t built in a day” any more ;))

  21. Jim
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 09:58:55

    It would be interesting to see this for other “phenomena” like the grand canyon, niagara falls, and the pyramids!

  22. tech and gadget updates
    Jan 23, 2010 @ 12:55:05

    Awesome innovation! how wonderful to know how technology could let us peek into our past history even just in pixel form.

  23. Eset nod32 Anti Virus
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 04:55:05

    Cool . . I Will download Google Earth Quickly !

  24. W3Mag
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 16:27:00

    That’s awesome! It seems like Google keeps improving their services everyday…

  25. Sam
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 07:18:38

    This is certainly cool, but would be better if Google updated its images more

  26. Sheryl James
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 18:50:00

    Its looks very kool, Google is always at the top when it comes to services.

  27. Mauro - Staff "Il Bloggatore"
    Apr 15, 2010 @ 07:48:26

    My old job was in Rome, and It’s very nice to see places that I visited some year ago.

  28. Nava Antivirus
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 07:05:26

    Wow I just had a look and its really fantastic. This will definetly help in knowing the history of Rome. I would like to thanks google for adding this feature to google earth. I think now google earth will slowly reborn all other countries too…

  29. leads
    May 25, 2010 @ 03:12:27

    Yeah I seen it, they have all the location found in Rome. The place the streets and even the vendors around Rome. Love to see it again

  30. George
    May 26, 2010 @ 19:58:08

    An armchair tour to past. Great way to discover the past.

  31. ektel
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 06:05:37

    Google Earth is making a real hit, beside this there is also a flight stimulator. It really a great thing from google

  32. Naresh
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 23:33:57

    Virtual images of rome is really awesome………………and make appear as 3D is great!

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