Read below for links to recent news items about the project.

We were delighted that Richard Ayoade and guest star Rebel Wilson tried Hidden Florence in their Christmas special issue of Travel Man (aired Channel4 on 25 December 2016). View the show here (33 minutes in).


“This is kind of like playing Pokemon GO but with historical sites”. Rebel Wilson

We’re delighted to announce that Hidden Florence won the App Award at the Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, Vienna (November 2019).

Hidden Florence 3D was winner of App of the Year AR/3D for innovative use of 3D/AR in 2020 and is currently also shortlisted for the same category int SPARKies 2020.

In July 2020 the Hidden Florence 3D app was added to the National Gallery website, as part of a social media campaign promoting the work.

Hidden Florence featured in a Voice of America piece about innovative digital history research on cities, 3 April 2019. Watch here.

In the summer of 2019 we featured in the FirenzeCard newsletter as well as part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth od Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, organised by the Comune di Firenze. We’re also delighted that the Firenze Patrimonio Mondiale (UNESCO) office in Florence has noted the value of the app in de-centering tourism and diversifying audiences.

We’re delighted to report that Hidden Florence features as case example for the creation of cultural value, published in the Design Journal in May 2020.

To launch the app we commissioned three short films from Ross Gill at Freshground Films that describe the Hidden Florence app and the research that went into it. These have been updated in May 2019 to coincide with the relaunch of the app. View them here!

A short promotional film that shows the app in action (3 minutes)

A brief documentary film, in which Prof Fabrizio Nevola and Dr David Rosenthal discuss the research that underpins the app (5 minutes)

A very short promotional film (30 seconds)

For an article on the University of Toronto in September 2019, see news site.

University of South Florida also posted an article (1 June 2018)

University of Exeter press release article (13 August 2014)

Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) feature article (19 August 2014)

The Florentine (11 September 2104)

Sole24Ore (14 September 2014)

Pervasive Media Studio Bristol (20 January 2015)

Watch the recording of a talk Fabrizio gave at Duke University’s ‘Wired Lab’ about the project (February 2016)

Read an interview with Prof Nicholas Terpstra about our article in a book published by Routledge which discusses the project (April 2016).

As part of the VISTA AR project launch in Exeter cathedral we presented the app. Fabrizio appeared in a brief BBC Spotlight news report (7 September 2017) and on BBC Devon radio talking about Hidden Florence.

Thanks too to the University of South Florida library for a great review of the app in June 2018 which you can read here.

Hidden Florence app featured at the London Design Fair 2018 (20-23 September) – @LDNdesignfair – as part of the Design Research for Change Showcase. In turn the Design Research for Change Showcase was  selected by journal Design Week as one of the highlights of the show.

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