• Posted:Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Rome museums go digital

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Rome museums go digital
I love the technological age! Admittedly, we're a bit of a spoiled generation but everything is just so easy these days. There's a mobile app for anything you can think of and now the Vatican Museums in Rome are no exception. Anyone planning to stay in a hostel in Rome any time soon might like to download the interactive guide issued by ItalyGuides, which is available on either an iPod or an iPhone.

According to the Catholic News Agency, it's called The Vatican Museums 1.0 and is narrated by US actor and writer Greg Negoff. The travel site noted that the programme is "carefully designed to make learning active, compelling and immediate" and features two hours of audio tours, more than 170 high resolution images and some interactive maps.

Now, while I'm not a fan of unemployment, I've always been a bit dubious about people being shown around by museum personnel. It seems a bit like sucking all the fun out of going to the exhibition in the first place, particularly because you don't feel like you can talk and laugh and point things out. Although I don't want to put these folk out of work - as I'm sure that many do find that they're useful - I'd much prefer to be able to take in a display in my own time, while still learning as much as I can about it. Praise be for The Vatican Museums 1.0!

And you can also gad about the city quite easily as well, thanks to Radiotaxi 3570. Larry Habegger of the San Francisco Chronicle recently wrote an article about this philanthropic cab company, saying that they're trying to help out tourists by bringing in new ways to pay for cars in advance and offering a selection of drivers, depending on what language you speak.

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