The purpose of our trip was actually to attend a meeting Google had organized for special contributors to the Google Earth Community. While there, I gave a presentation on how we have been using Google Earth for our trip on Tahina. Google also organized some tours around Rome. We visited the popular favorites including the Colosseum, the Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. And, yes, we had lots of gelato!
A big thanks to Google for inviting us to go to Rome like this. What other company would bring people who volunteer to answer people’s questions about their product to Rome for some sightseeing? And, these volunteers have an amazing level of interest in geography and remote locations. Many of them have only traveled to these place vicariously through Google Earth. Now Google has given them a taste of the real thing. Kudos to Google!
Since there are many millions of tourist photos available in Google Earth and Maps for Rome, I only took a small sample of photos of the places we visited. I tried to take some non-traditional photos using HDR and our fish-eye lens for extra wide-angle perspectives. Especially in the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Unfortunately, they weren’t allowing us to take photos in the Sistine Chapel – but, I found an HDR photo someone took in the chapel which really demonstrates the colors of the paintings.
So, check out our gallery of photos from sightseeing in Rome: