Google has taken its Trekker camera system to Venice to capture some new Street View imagery.
Google Street View Operations Manager Daniele Rizzetto said, “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.”
“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,” Rizzetto added. “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.”
Piazza San Marco
Synagogue of the first Jewish Ghetto
The Devil’s Bridge
Church of Santa Maria Formosa
Birthplace of the Italic Font
Throughout the year, the Trekker has been used to capture imagery from places like the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Dead City (from Skyfall) and Mt. Fuji.
Google has also added art from the Museo Correr, Museo del Vetro and Ca’ Pesaro to the Google Cultural Institute.