Getting around Italy is easy if you learn how to navigate using Google street view.
When we were preparing to travel to Italy, advance preparation helps to enhance the vacation experience. One such tool for preparation, that I consider most helpful, is using Google street view. Imagine going to a destination that you have physically never been, yet knowing where to go like you already been there. (This could be used anywhere you travel as long as google has the street view.)
An example of this, is when we took a cruise a couple of years ago, and our cruise docked in Genova for the day. I had read about Portofino and knew this would be a great place to explore. I showed the information to J and he agreed that this would be where we would spend our time in that port. He took it from there. I will let him explain how we were able to get around like we had been there before.
We took the train from Genova to S. Margherita Liqure then walked 2.5 miles to Portofino. A bus is available to go to and from Portofino, but we chose to walk after looking at the seaside walkway view using Google street view. The return trip would include a bus ride. The following is how we used Google street view to get to Portofino, an easy DIY daytrip from Genova.
Note: you can click on the links and it should place you as the following picture indicates. Once you are on this page, take the yellow man (bottom right) and drop him along the dotted line. This will change the map to street view. In street view you can move around at your leisure.
I used Google street view at the S. Margherita Liqure train station. After reviewing Google street view we were able go in the right direction.
Click on the hyperlink, Portofino and start walking towards Portofino.
I street viewed down the sidewalk in the direction of Portofino until about 1.5 miles in, when there was no more sidewalk. Looking at the Google street view, I notice an entrance of a path which was the remaining walking path to Portofino.
It was a very scenic and enjoyable walking path. It leads right into the heart of Portofino. I then street viewed the actual town of Portofino and got a sense of what there was to see or a place to eat when we arrived. In fact if you are interested in a particular restaurant, obtain the name, google it and you may view/find the menu on-line.
The screen shot below, shows downtown Portofino using map view.
Click on the link and start looking around the town of Portofino.
The final street view at Portofino was of the bus stop location. The view even had the bus at the stop. When we were ready to take the bus back to the train station, I knew where the bus stop was.
Getting around Italy using Google street view is a very useful tool. You can actually view Italy’s major train station like Milano Centrale or Napoli Centrale. Go right inside the station and view the stores, the train platforms, where the ticket machines and ticket agents are located.
Spend some time on Google Street View in the area of interest and you can hit the ground running, becoming familiar with the general vicinity before you arrive.
Do you use Google Street View when planning a trip?