Italian Cultural Sites You Can Explore From Home

Discover 6 wonders of Italy, from the ruins of Pompeii to the grand Colosseum

By Google Arts & Culture

Italy is not only known for its outstanding cuisine and amazing style, but its cultural sites have earned their place on many people's bucket lists. Now you can explore these sites from the comfort of your own home, so sit back and discover the wonders of Italy...

A View through Three Arches of the Third Storey of the Colosseum by C.W. EckersbergSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

The ruins of Pompeii

Thousands of years ago, these streets would have been bustling with people in the Roman city of Pompeii. Despite being buried under the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, this archaeological site in Naples is still standing today. Click and move around the image to explore Pompeii.

Archaeological Areas of Pompei

St. Mark's Basilica

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice is famous for its Byzantine, gothic architecture. Built in the 11th century CE, it is also connected to the iconic landmark of the Doge's Palace. Click and move around the image to get up close to St. Mark's Basilica.

St Mark's Basilica, Venice

Milan Duomo

Did you know that this cathedral took nearly six centuries to build? Once it was finally complete in 1965, the Milan Duomo not only became the largest church in Italy, but the fifth largest in the world! Click and move around the image to explore the Duomo.

Milan Cathedral

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning nearly four degrees on its side, this freestanding bell tower has become famous for its tilted structure. You might not be able to get a picture pretending to hold it up from your home but you can click and move around the image to walk around the Leaning Tower.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Venice Canals

While on a virtual tour of Venice, the city's famous canals cannot be missed for their unique water-traffic system, surrounded by Venetian Gothic architecture. Click and move around the image to take a ride down the canal.

Grand Canal, Venice

Roman Pantheon

Although the Roman Pantheon is now a church, this building was once a temple dedicated to the Roman gods (“Pantheon” means “honor all Gods” in Greek). Click and move around the image to explore the site which Michaelageno once allegedly said looks like it was built by angels.

Roman Pantheon, Rome

The Colosseum

You can't miss this oval amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome. At the time it was built in 70-80 CE, it was the largest amphitheatre in the world, holding 50,000 to 80,000 spectators. Click and move around the image to explore the grand Colosseum.

Colosseum - indoor

Discover more of the wonders of Italy.

The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice by CanalettoThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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