Sicily Histories APP
Sicily Histories is an app which combines story-telling with gaming to help users explore the island’s rich history. It can be downloaded to mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. The goal is to give visitors to Sicily an immersive experience that goes beyond simply reading guide books and visiting historic sites.The geo-location app contains dozens of points-of-interest (POIs) that correspond to sites of historical and cultural significance. Visitors can use the app’s database to retrieve information about each site as any traditional guidebook would provide. More than that, Sicily Histories offers an interactive experience through the use of augmented reality , and small gaming activities. Gaming rests on providing not just useful information, but also an adventure. Characters and plots created for the app connect POIs from the same historical periods across the island. Users must complete missions by solving puzzles and augmented reality challenges. At each POI, the gamer can win a prize that can be used during their holiday or stay. The prizes are discounts and promotions which can be spent on local crafts rather than at cafes or restaurants. The project team is also hoping to make a deal with local authorities to provide users with reduced entry fees at local museums. Authorised Sicilian tour guides have helped build the app’s content. They have drawn on the island’s rich and diverse history which includes the Roman, Norman, Arab and baroque periods. The app is compatible with both android and iOS systems. Care has been taken to ensure that Sicily Histories can be enjoyed by everyone who can use a smart device – it is not necessary to have advanced digital skills to work the app. POIs provided through the game can be added to and bought in bundles at app and Google stores. The technology is highly replicable and, in future, could be harnessed by other tourist destinations in Italy and across Europe.

Extra media