"Starting today, you can view some of the most historic and architecturally significant landmarks in Italy and France, including UNESCO sites in Rome," writes Marco Zennaro on the Official Google Blog.
The Google Street View tricycle has been busy, weaving in and out of Rome's Colosseum, ancient Roman baths, the Appian Way and St. Peter's Basilica. But it hasn't just been in Italy -- it's also been moving through the French countryside and photographing chateaus. Discovery these historical sites at the Google Maps gallery which includes "Historic Italy" and "UNESCO World Heritage."
While Google Maps can help out users if looking for a particular storefront or address, but this latest from Google is pure armchair tourism. Maybe just looking at the historical buildings will motivate someone to travel there and see the sites up close.