Despite its age, this map is still incredibly valid for most parts of the Roman center. Of course some changes are observable, but Rome is an ancient city and the historic center has not changed all that much (as you will see when using the app).
Basically what is an important tourist attraction in the Rome of today in most cases was already important at the time of Giovanni Battista Nolli.
It is quite entertaining to find your way with this app.
Pedestrian navigation is very different from navigating with a vehicle. It is not necessary to know every street or turn, just go into the right direction.
And you will discover a lot of interesting things that might not have caught your attention using a different map.
By using this app you can learn a lot about the city, how it changed and where the "eternal" features are located, those that have not changed.
You will see more than others and enhance your view with this extraordinary historic document.
When Giambattista Nolli released his “Nuova Topografia di Roma” (New Topography of Rome) in 1748 after 12 intense years of surveying and engraving, it instantly became the reference representation of the Eternal City – and remained so for centuries.
This map is incredibly detailed and feature rich, containing churches, antique sites, aqueducts, obelisks, fountains, towers, public buildings, palazzoes, city walls and much more.
Hundreds of buildings are depicted with their ground floor; terrain slopes are represented by hatches.
With Nolli app you get this magnificent detail and graphics other maps don't provide.
The 12 original map sheets have been seamlessly merged into one large map. All 1320 numbered features and the structure of the two original indices have been digitized and integrated.
The projection has been adapted to allow for overlay comparison with the current situation.
All historic map data is integrated for offline use in high resolution so you don't require an internet connection for browsing the Nolli map.
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Nolli App of Rome: Use a Classic Map as a Modern Travel Guide
Article by Kurt Kohlstedt in the Web Urbanist
Navigate the Classical way through Rome with the Nolli map on your iPad
Review by Jason Sayer (@jsayer94) in the Architect's newspaper
Nolli App: le mappe storiche di Roma del Nolli sul proprio smartphone
Article in Archeomatica (in Italian language)
Nolli App – klasyczna mapa Rzymu jako nowoczesny przewodnik
Article by Dariusz Sapa in Nowy Zabytek (in Polish language)
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