Virtual reconstruction of Pavia in the 16th century / Ricostruzione virtuale di Pavia nel XVI secolo

3D reconstructions made by the students of the Computer Vision course, academic year 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, of the Master's degree in Computer Engineering of the University of Pavia, with prof. Virginio Cantoni (Computer Vision & Multimedia Lab - CVML) as supervisor; videos and parallel implementation on CINECA parallel calculation architecture made by Federico Guerra, Marco Provitina and Luigi Santangelo

The projects of the course are described in the book (in Italian and English)
"Ricostruzione virtuale di Pavia nel XVI secolo / Virtual reconstruction of Pavia in the 16th century"
edited by Virginio Cantoni, Mauro Mosconi and Alessandra Setti
(Pavia University Press 2018 - ISBN:978-88-6952-085-3).

Along with about fifty detailed 3D models of the main buildings (civilian and religious), a whole host of characters milling through the city's streets have been created, and a 'platform' can support very promising innovative multimedia applications to promote the history of Pavia and its richness.
Link to the web catalogue of the book: [here]

The 3D models have been realized for three main goals: (1) creation of a virtual interactive environment of the city of Pavia in the 16th century, to show buildings, churches and monuments with high accuracy; (2) reproduction of different views of the city and production of videos shot with a camera that tour around the city without constraints; (3) development of an app for smartphone and tablet to get the information about the area displayed, with the possibility of comparing in situ the existing buildings with those rebuilt in 3D.

Here are the 3D MODELS.

Soon VIDEOS of nine virtual visit tours of Renaissance Pavia, as shown in the following figure.

Renaissance Pavia tours

Video of tour number 9, starting from the viewpoint of the fresco in the church of San Teodoro (Veduta di Pavia del 1522, probably made by Bernardino Lanzani, in the first span of the left aisle of the church) - about 150 meters high, 500 meters south - tour at 360° around the city, always at the same distance from the Spanich walls. The other tours, from number 1 to number 7, refers to 3D modelled areas dated 1550, while the tour number 8 (Collegio Borromeo, church of Canepanova and Collegio Ghislieri) are about buildings built later, in the second half of ‘500. Along with Pavia insiede the walls, suburban areas with respective churches have been sketched (such as San Lanfranco, San Salvatore complex, etc.) and some peculiar buildings (for example the Castle of Mirabello).

Here is the final version of TOUR NUMBER 9, aerial tour of the city of Pavia during the Renaissance time:

and here is a first draft:

Here is the first draft of TOUR NUMBER 1: Ponte Vecchio (the old bridge), church of San Teodoro, Via dei Mulini, church of Sant'Agata and church of San Giorgio

Virginio Cantoni is editor - with Dimitar Karastoyanov, Mauro Mosconi and Alessandra Setti - of the book, published by Pavia University Press:

Pavia, the battle, the future
1525 - 2015. Nothing was the same again. CVML and SMARTLab at the Exhibition

which describes the applications made for the exhibition held at the Visconteo Castle in Pavia in 2015, to show a visiting tour where art, science and technology can meet.

Link to the web catalogue of the book, open access in PDF file: [here]