Google Street View Goes To Italy

    October 30, 2008

Old fans of "Everybody Loves Raymond" may remember a couple of episodes in which the Barone family visited Italy.  All of the usual squabbling stopped as the characters (and quite obviously, the cast) just enjoyed the experience.  Now, Google Street View will let its users share some of the same sights.

Streetview Italy
 Street View Coverage In Italy

Google’s maps of Florence, Lake Como, Milan, and Rome have been covered with little blue lines.  While the lines don’t then cross the country as we’ve seen them do in other places, classic spectacles including the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II are on display.

Privacy worrywarts will be happy to hear that, at the same time, license plates and faces are not.  Google’s automatic blurring technology seems to be getting better and better.

Aside from the immediate impact of both the pretty pictures and lack of potential lawsuits, though, this development substantiates what we heard earlier this week about Street View’s schedule.  Spain came right on time, and now Italy, so it looks like Germany is likely to be next.

A hat tip goes to Keir Clarke, and in case anyone’s wondering, one American dollar converts to about 0.767 euros right now.