While perusing Mashable's headlines the other day, I came across their story on Google Street View's Venice Gondola ride. The tech giant utilized their maps tool to give people around the world a tour of La Serenissima right from a computer!
Mashable's article has a fantastic video with snapshots of the tour, but I also recommend trying it yourself. Coming from someone who has taken a gondola ride in the Grand Canal, this is one of the best views you can get if you do not plan on traveling to Italy any time soon.
Kudos to Google for utilizing their map technology to bring the beauty of Italy and la bella vita to the world! Below is a view of the Doge's Palace from Google Street View.