Google Street View provides Internet users the chance to get up-close views of some of the hardest-to-reach places on earth. The website has already added the inside of the White House and the Great Barrier Reef to its offerings, but noticeably absent was Venice - until now. Google recently dispatched a technician to map the famous Italian city by foot thanks to a backpack with a mounted camera, The Guardian reports.
Capturing Venice on Google Street View has long been a goal of the search engine giant, but the city was particularly challenging because many of its roads do not allow cars. The company had to devise new technology so its cameras could navigate the steps and bridges that cross the Venice's iconic canals. Google dispatched the backpack-wearing techs in April, and they hope the images they capture are online by the end of the year. Anybody who wants to experience Venice in person, rather than on their computer, should be sure to check out a few landmarks.
St. Mark's Square
This public square has played an integral role of life in Venice for more than 1,200 years, and today it stands as one of the most popular tourist draws in a city full of them. Experts suggest visiting earlier in the day before throngs of visitors arrive so you can get a relatively unobstructed look at some of the square's highlights. Among its most famous features is the St Mark's Campanile - the bell tower of the adjoining church.
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
Located on a island within the city, this church is famous not only for its age - it dates back to 1610 - but also because its offers stunning views of Venice from the top of its bell tower. You should also make a point to admire the impressive architecture represented by the church, specifically its facade and its nave.
Venice is undoubtedly most famous for its many waterways, but the Grand Canal stands above them all. Touring this canal by way of gondola has grown to become a must for visitors, as it offers you the chance to see the city from a completely new perspective.