Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Amazing L'Aquila Street View Tour

In 2009 an earthquake in the Italian city of L'Aquila caused the death of 308 people and damaged many of the town's historically important buildings. Last year the City of L'Aquila released Noi L'Aquila.

Noi L'Aquila is a Google Map where residents of L'Aquila can record their memories of the city. The site also included a Google Earth plugin of L'Aquila visualizing its reconstruction with 3D models.

Now you can also take a virtual walk through L'Aquila in a new custom Street View tour of this historic Italian town. Hello L'Aquila is an amazing interactive virtual tour of the city consisting of more than 400 custom shot Street View panoramas covering the entire historic city center.

Restoration to the roof of the Duomo dell'Aquila

Most of the Street View images on Google Maps in L'Aquila were taken before the 2009 earthquake. This new Street View tour allows you to explore the city in its current state. The new tour even includes Street View images taken inside some of the city's historic buildings, allowing you to see the restoration work being carried out to repair the damage caused by the earthquake.

If you click on the cross in the top right-hand corner of one of the Street View images you can view a Google Map which shows some of the important locations in the city captured in this new custom Street View tour. The yellow icons on the map indicate where you can view indoor Street View panoramas.

Via: The Google Earth Blog

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