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Tour Italian Cities from Your Couch


Article by Cate Marian

Photography by Stock Images

From the winding canals of Venice to the deep catacombs of Callixtus, you can experience Italy without ever leaving your living room. Virtual tours through Google Earth bring many popular tourist sites to your fingertips, allowing you to view famous landmarks in 3D, zooming in and out of museums, cathedrals and more.

Here you can immerse yourself in different cities across the country, with itineraries curated by Google Arts & Culture to ensure you get the most out of this digital experience. Each city exploration also include a special itinerary designed with kids in mind. Like what you see? You it as a guide to help plan your next adventure.

Explore Rome

What would you do with 72 hours in Rome? This tour winds through ancient ruins including Palantine Hill, the setting for many Roman myths, the Pantheon and Colosseum, museums such as the Vatican and Borghese, and many other significant landmarks. It also takes a deep dive into Roman art and architecture and hones in on Christian sites.

"Plan your trip by visiting top sites such as the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums in Google Earth" —Google Arts & Culture

Explore Florence

Florence's Gothic structures such as Giotto's Bell Tower, the Basilica of Santa Croce—the church that contains the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo—and the Boboli Gardens are just a few of the stops along the way. This tour also explores art-packed churches, and top specialty museums.

"Plan your trip by visiting top sites like the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio in Google Earth." —Google Arts & Culture

Explore Venice 

Navigate through the City of Water's popular canals, squares, museums and cathedrals, with more detailed excursions to the Venetian Lagoon, an immersion into the art scene, and a deep dive into many beautiful churches.

"Plan your trip by exploring top sites like the Grand Canal and Saint Mark's Basilica" — Google Arts & Culture

The Grand Tour of Italy

Take a whirlwind look at the art, culture and history of Venice, Siena, Pienza, Rome and Palermo. The tour hits on major landmarks such as Palermo's iconic Teatro Massimo which continues to drive the innovation of opera, and the significance of Pienza as the foundation of urban design.

"Based on the traditional Grand Tour, which was an educational pilgrimage through Europe, take a journey through five cities to discover how Italian culture changed the world as we know it." —Google Arts & Culture