Gesso is a new way to explore cities with audio that plays based on your location. Here, you'll find audio experiences anywhere from an immersive moving play, to cinematic soundwalks, to countercultural audio tours that invite you to feel the pulse of the city. As a creator and publisher of site-specific audio content, we celebrate 'place' and the people who shaped it in New York, San Francisco, Florence, Venice, and Rome.
Named after the primer layer artists apply to a canvas before they tell their stories, Gesso (sounds like: JEH-so) makes next-gen audio guides that go under the surface of a city and through the halls of the most forward-thinking museums.
Ready to see the world in a whole new light? You’re in good company, here’s what our users have to say about Gesso:
"Their walking tours are so impeccably executed it’s hard to imagine how this didn’t exist sooner. Become an early adopter, you won’t regret it!" -soapboxdarby
“I recently had a chance to take one of their audio guided tours through Williamsburg. And it was one of the greatest walking adventures of my lifetime. And I’ve walked around in nearly 24 countries. This app was magic and the content nothing less than brilliant.” -minnianda
“I’m an avid art lover and museum goer. This app has brought many fascinating insights to my attention and I can’t wait to explore all it offers!” -anonyogi
"Incredibly interesting and enjoyable guided audio tour of Prospect Park. Seamless location based tour with great narration and historical facts. Such a good way to take in some history about Brooklyn (and I’m a resident). Would be excellent for tourists and visitors as well. Highly recommend!"
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Ratings and Reviews
Fun, immersive way to learn more about the city
I first found out about this app when visiting the New Museum last year and thought it was cool that I could use my own phone to navigate the exhibits, learning more about the artwork. It was a better, more immersive experience than simply reading the info card on the wall. I’ve since tried the app at home and find it’s a nice way to consume content and get little chunks of info on various sites in my neighborhood and other parts of New York. As a New York native, I find it fascinating how much I still learn about this city. The Gesso app helps me do that by giving me cool facts about architecture, art, history and culture. The beautiful visuals and user-friendly features make it a fun and pleasant app to use. I’m really excited for when we are able to do Meetups where we can get out and explore on foot together. I enjoy traditional walking tours and think this app will just add to that experience, using technology in an interesting way.
I didn’t even know I how much I needed this
Gesso makes it easier to connect to the city, and I am so glad it exists. Especially after a year of being inside, it’s so wonderful to be able to walk around and see New York through fresh eyes— and having Gesso has made it even easier to get excited about the histories and communities that make this place special. The location-based audio clip activations make it a much needed, blissfully screen-free experience, and I think it strikes a really special balance of being both personalized AND shareable. Gesso’s themed walks have quickly become a go-to weekend activity for my friends and I, and I’m so stoked to see what tours and tidbits are coming next. Well done, Gesso team!
Unique, interesting, and fun
Gesso is one of my favorite apps. If you're interested in art, history, or just in finding new things to appreciate about where you're living or visiting, it's such a fun and unique way to do so. It's easy to use, and the content great. Segments are more than just a quick little blurb - you get info that is genuinely useful and interesting, but still short enough that you can keep things moving along. And it allows you to explore special things about different cities without having to pull out a guidebook and immediately identify yourself as a tourist, which I appreciate. (It's especially great for imaginary trips right now.) Can't wait for more cities to be added!
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- Gesso, Inc.
- 118.3 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
- © Gesso, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Walk $11.99 $11.99
- Walk $17.99 $17.99