Italy: Venice has been added to Google Street View, thanks to ”superfit” employees carrying backpack-mounted cameras through the car-free Italian city. The ambitious project took place during April and May this year, when members of the Street View operations team took two backpack-mounted “Trekker” cameras through the pedestrianised city. The Trekker, which weighs about 20kg and is four feet in height, takes a photo every 2.5 seconds, collecting 360-degree imagery as it is carried.
In order to capture views of the picturesque city from the water, the Trekker cameras were also taken along the canals by boat, for an aspect of the project dubbed “Google Gondola”.
Since then, Google have been stitching and aligning the images in order to create a seamless panorama of Venice”s piazzas, alleways and bridges that can now be explored online.
Source: The Guardian