Dieing to visit Italy, but you can’t at the moment? I feel your pain, but there’s a way of enjoying a little bit of Italy from home, until we can go in person. We can quell our wanderlust for “il bel paese” by embarking on these exciting virtual tours of Italy, some of which are interactive. You will actually feel like you’re there. Well, almost. Get ready for takeoff, as we dive into some armchair travel.
TRAVEL ITALY FROM HOME
Virtual tours are so popular these days for all of us travel lovers who aren’t able to travel. It allows us to discover new places from wherever we are in the world, whenever we want.
Virtual tours are also a fabulous resource for planning future travel. We can visit places of interest via Google, YouTube, and attraction websites which offer up close experiences.
Virtual tours are usually free.
What a fabulous way to be able to visit Italy. By doing so, you can gauge whether you will want to visit in person. Like an appetiser, if you will.
The advantages of taking virtual tours of Italy are that you don’t have to queue up, no crowds, no bags to carry around, you don’t get tired, and they’re much, much cheaper than real tours.
So let’s dive in to some virtual tours of Italy and visit a few iconic landmarks and famous places. These will also give you a good glimpse into what you can expect when you actually go there on your future travels.
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1. The Vatican, Rome, Italy
One of the most iconic landmarks in Italy that everybody should visit is the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the beauty and splendor of this historic building and the stunning museums within.
You can take magnificent virtual tours in and around the Vatican city and get a good glimpse into the extraordinary opulence of the Pope’s palace and the immense collection of masterpieces throughout.
The Musei Vaticani website has fabulous virtual tours for you to explore of the various museum halls and rooms, including the famous Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms. Make sure to zoom in to get a close up of the masterpieces.
2. Pompeii, Italy
Pompeii is a remarkable location where the ancient Roman city was frozen in time from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79AD.
A virtual tour of the ancient city of Pompeii is a must for anyone fascinated with archeological ruins and ancient history.
Check out with these amazing virtual travel options below.
3. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Also known at the Flavian Amphitheatre built by the Roman Emperors of the Flavian Dynasty, the Colosseum was completed in the year 80 AD after only 10 years. The colossus arena is an example of grand Roman architecture. It was used for public theatre, wild animal spectacles, gladiator competitions and executions. Did you know battles on water were also held here? As it was designed to be able to fill with water from below, up to a few metres deep.
Later it was used as a fortress, a quarry and religious purposes, amongst other things.
Online travel is the perfect way to explore the Colosseum, inside and out, with one of the virtual tours available.
4. Florence, Italy
Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and the birthplace of the Renaissance from the 14th century. It became the cultural centre of Europe, thus there is much to see here, such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Brunelleschi Dome, the Ponte Vecchio, the Statue of David and much more.
Enjoy a virtual tour of Florence with one of the following.
5. Venice, Italy
Venice is one of the most famous and unique cities in the world that everyone needs to visit at least once. It’s character and charm is undeniable. Iconic sites to see here are Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Cathedral and Tower, and Bridge of Sighs, amongst others, and of course the beautiful gondolas.
Various virtual tours are on offer to experience Venice and make you feel like you are almost there.
Here are a select few to explore.
Other Virtual Tours of Italy
There are many other virtual tours of Italy online that you may wish to check out: