On the occasion of celebrating for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was presented in Milan “You Are Leo”, the first virtual reality guide street tour dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci “Lombard Master, Florentine in Milan”.
You are Leo is a walk in the center of Milan and at the same time a journey through the time, possible thanks to advanced immersive technologies, which allow the visitor to retrace Leonardo’s steps starting from the Fabbrica del Duomo then passing through Palazzo Reale – Corte Vecchia where Leonardo had his workshop – up to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, continuing towards Porta Vercellina to arriving finally at the complex of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The project was born from the collaboration between Way, an innovative Milanese start-up that operates in the cultural and tourism sector using augmented and virtual reality technology to offer immersive experiences in 360 ° environments and Ad Artem, known for twenty-five years in teaching and disseminating ‘art.
A walk is made about a Lombard mile (1.8 km), lasting 1 hour and 40 minutes, during which the visitor will see the area around him rebuild and animate, as well as the works of art related to the narration, which will be viewed and told in 360 ° limbo environments. Each participant is equipped with a highly advanced VR viewer, within which virtual experiences will be activated.
To accompany the trip there will be an art historian that will welcome and guide the visitor along the path and manage the activation of VR experiences. At that point the real guide will give way to the virtual one that will offer Leonardo’s eyes to immerse visitors in his places and see what he saw. The spectator will become Leonardo: “You are Leo”.