Virtual Sicily 2017-2019

Virtual Sicily, also known as Archaeology of Sicily is 3D, was an interdisciplinary research project aimed at the 3D digitization of that Sicilian archaeological heritage deemed physically or digitally inaccessible, relatively unknown or poorly documented, potentially endagered or in need of a stronger digital presence online. The project run from 2017 to 2019 and discontinued in 2020 due to the global pandemic.

A remarkable number of Prehistoric, Classical, Late Antique and Medieval archaeological sites were 3D digitized via terrestrial laser-scanning and terrestrial and aerial digital photogrammetry.

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Prehistoric: Genovese cave at Levanzo (Paleolithic/Neolithic), Necropolis of Cozzo del Pantano (Middle Bronze Age)

Greek: City of Morgantina (Classical/Hellenistic), Necropolis of Santa Panagia at Siracusa (Archaic)

Roman/Late Roman:  Roman baths and church of the Rotunda at Catania (3rd CE - 6th CE)

Late Antique to Late Medieval: Nunziatella church at Mascali (5th-7th CE), Cuba di Santa Domenica at Castiglione (6th-7th CE), Saint John Basilica at Palagonia (6th-7th CE), Arab Mosque of Segesta (12th CE), Ponte dei Saraceni at Adrano (12th CE), Sofiana (4th-12th CE), Chiaramonte Castle at Mussomeli (14th CE). Sanctuary of Madonna della Rocca, Carmine Church and Monastery and Church of Minor Friars at Alessandria della Rocca (18th CE).


The 3D digitization protocols adopted by USF IDEx team, deriving from years of field-works in pursuit of best practices, allowed the virtualization of large scale and complex archaeological and historical complexes. 




3D model of the Greek theater of Morgantina generated via terrestrial laser-scanning 

Trailer of the Alessandria della Rocca Virtualization Project


3D Resources:

Greek city of Morgantina, agora district

Chiaramonte Castle at Mussomeli

Ponte dei Saraceni at Adrano