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Street View floats into Venice

         
Venice was once as soon as described as “certainly essentially the most gorgeous metropolis constructed by way of man,” and from these footage it’s arduous to disagree. That you would be able to now discover panoramic imagery of probably the most romantic spots on the planet, captured with our Side road View Trekker technology.

It was impossible for us to collect images of Venice with a Street View car or trike—blame the picturesque canals and narrow cobbled walkways—but our team of backpackers took to the streets to give Google Maps a truly Shakespearean backdrop. And not just the streets—we also loaded the Trekker onto a boat and floated by the famous gondolas to give you the best experience of Venice short of being there.

Our Trekker operator taking a well-earned rest while the gondolier does the hard work

The beautiful Piazza San Marco, where you can discover Doge’s Palace, St. Marks’ Cathedral, the bell tower, the Marciana National Library and the clocktower

We covered a lot of ground—about 265 miles on foot and 114 miles by boat—capturing not only iconic landmarks but several hidden gems, such as the Synagogue of the first Jewish Ghetto, the Devil’s Bridge in Torcello island, a mask to scare the same Devil off the church of Santa Maria Formosa and the place where the typographer Manutius created the Italics font. Unfortunately, Street View can’t serve you a cicchetto (local appetizer) in a classic bacaro (a typical Venetian bar), though we can show you how to get there.

The Devil’s Bridge in Torcello Island

Once you’ve explored the city streets of today, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Venice’s past by diving deep in to the artworks of the Museo Correr, which has joined the Google Cultural Institute along with Museo del Vetro and Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art.

Click on a pin under “Take a tour” to compare the modern streets with paintings of the same spots by artists such as Carpaccio and Cesare Vecellio

Or delve into historical maps of Venice, like this one showing the Frari Church, built in 1396

Finally, take a look behind the scenes displaying how we captured our Side road View imagery in Venice.

The Floating Metropolis is steeped in tradition; it’s simple to look why it’s retained a singular fascination and romance for artists, filmmakers, musicians, playwrights and pilgrims throughout the centuries—and now, we hope, for Side road View vacationers too.