“Hello L’Aquila” is an interactive virtual tour of the city of L'Aquila in central Italy as it is today, five years on from the earthquake of 6 April 2009. It offers a way to walk through the city streets and squares and even inside some of the buildings of the historic centre.
Over the course of three months, innumerable journeys were made through the streets of L'Aquila and to capture more than 400 panoramic images covering the entire historic city centre. These images were geo-positioned and loaded into Google Maps, approved by Google and connected together to create a single network which allows visitors to the site to move freely through the earthquake damaged city.
The virtual tour works on desktop computers, smartphones and tablets using standard web browsers. The spherical panoramic photographs are all live on Google Maps.
All of the other images of the city centre of L'Aquila date back to August 2008 (prior to the earthquake) with a single recent update in 2011 covering the main square and a part of the main central street. Now, instead, it is possible to visit the entire city centre in its current state. The intention behind the project is to keep the panoramas up to date reflecting changes in the city.
The project was instigated by Graziano di Crescenzo, whose idea was to make a spectacular and up to date virtual tour of the city. Graziano took thousands of photographs in the city, created the panoramas and linked them together, creating the content that you can see on this site. The end result of this unprecedented one man tour-de-force is a captivating, in depth and impartial portrait of how the earthquake city is today.
Graziano's friends Matteo Faraone, Barnaby Gunning and Massimo Prosperococco helped him bring the project to life. Matteo and Barnaby created this website which seeks to make the experience as natural, immersive and share-able as possible. Massimo Prosperococco is handling public relations and social media and has acted as the coordinator for Team Hello L'Aquila which works between L'Aquila, Notaresco (Teramo), London and Jena in Germany.
Between January and March 2014 we took thousands of photos.
Thanks to embedded GPS information they were automatically geo-located.
Software adds metadata transforming the photos into spectacular interlinked 360° panoramas.
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