Walk down the streets of Pompeii right now

Google Maps has added Pompeii to its street view function!1 That means you can wander its ancient streets as soon as you stop reading this without spending a dime.

Just go to Google Maps, type in Pompeii Italy, then drag the little yellow man icon from the zoom controls onto the street. The ones that are included in street view will turn blue.

I had to hunt around a little to find the ancient city as opposed to the (relatively) modern town. Just look for “Pompeii Scavi” (Pompeii digs) and drag the little man there.

Here’s a shortcut

And here’s an embed:

View Siti archeologici di Torre Annunziata, Pompei e Boscoreale (NA in a larger map

Isn’t she beeyootiful? Happy visiting!


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Comment by Mary
2009-12-07 16:02:45

Very cool — thanks for posting! 🙂

Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-07 23:08:16

I’m glad you like it. 🙂

Comment by flemieux
2009-12-10 23:23:59

This is an awesome find! I’m quite impressed with the level of immersion this accomplishes.

A warning to the ones who never visited: do not spend too much time on the map 😉 Keep the magic!

Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-10 23:57:14

Oh, I think the magic of being there in person can’t be superseded even by the awesomeness of Google Maps. :yes:

Comment by Tilitoli
2009-12-16 03:56:45

It’s really ravishing. 🙂

Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-16 08:16:12

Agreed. :yes:

Comment by Stuart
2009-12-17 15:50:29

Wow!! This is really fantastic. Now I wonder if there’s other historical places around the world I can “visit” this way. Since it is Google Maps, they’d have to be on actual streets, I suppose. Gettysburg battlefield wouldn’t count, I’d guess. Worth looking up though.

Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-17 16:17:11

There are definitely other sites set up from street view. As I recall, Google and UNESCO are collaborating to make World Heritage sites available on Google Maps.

Let me hunt around for a full listing and I’ll post it.

I adore your site, btw. Do you have any plans to expand beyond US history?

Comment by Stuart
2009-12-22 19:31:14

Hi — Thanks for the wonderful compliment! 🙂 I really like your site too, I read it every day.

To answer your question, I’d like to expand the historical periods eventually, but at the moment, I’m trying to get a lot of books online about American history. It is amazing how much is out there. It’ll take a while! 🙂

Comment by livius drusus
2009-12-22 20:45:10

Godspeed to you. It’s a great endeavor.

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Comment by Anonymous
2011-04-12 11:38:39

omggg tht so kool 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

Comment by Anonymous
2011-04-12 11:39:16

damn! thts was kinda sada

Comment by Anonymous
2011-04-13 10:16:18

that super kool 😆 :boogie: :yes:

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