Tour The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cathedral Square with Google Earth Tours
Make a virtual field trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the world’s most famous landmarks. You will be using Google Earth to watch a pre-recorded tour of the famous tower located in the Square of Miracles. Learn all about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy and its neighboring structures. The trip lasts for 3 minutes and 28 seconds.
Making cameo appearances on the trip are the Pisa Cathedral, the Old Cemetery, the Pisa Baptistery to name just a few.
The product includes a document of about 20 talking points and interesting facts about the historic tourist attraction.
The tour is also accompanied by a PDF file that describes what you are seeing based on the corresponding minutes in the video. This is so you can pause the tour at the given time stamp and let the class know what they are looking at.
For example the document says at, “1:31 – 1:44 – The camera slides over to face south.
a. To the northeast (lower left) of the square you can see Arena Garibaldi, the home soccer (football) stadium for A.C. Pisa 1909.
b. The stadium can hold about 25,000 people.
1:44 – 1:57 – Sliding over some more, you are looking west towards the Ligurian Sea.
a. The long wall you see starting at the square and heading east (down) is a medieval wall many centuries old.
b. Its construction began in 1155 and was designed to protect the city and it’s new and valuable square from invaders.
c. At one time it surrounded the entire city."
The tour begins with a view of Europe from outer space. You are then zoomed in to the site’s location to see it from a variety of different viewpoints. The angles are chosen so the students can get a good idea of the structure’s location, as well as, its physical relationship to the other landmarks in its vicinity. Finally, you are taken back out to a long shot of Europe.
To watch, all you have to do is click on the file, Google Earth will open and you will be taken on a short trip to the World Heritage site. * Your computer must have Google Earth to watch these tours.
Feel free to visit some other famous landmarks in the Americas.
1. The Golden Gate Bridge (3:29)
2. Chichen Itza (5:38)
3. Niagara Falls (2:10)
4. Panama Canal (3:02)
5. Statue of Liberty (2:07)
6. Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1:06)
7. Mount Rushmore (3:02)
8. Machu Picchu (5:07)
9. Freedom Tower, aka One World Trade Center (3:54)
Here are some European landmarks.
1. Stonehenge (3:29)
2. The Acropolis (5:38)
3. The Colosseum
4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa (3:28)
5. The Eiffel Tower (3:15)
6. Big Ben (5:12)
7. Notre Dame de Paris (4:20)
Tour some African sites.
1. The Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza (3:15)
These tours work great with social studies lessons about famous landmarks, maps, cardinal directions, etc.
Here are a few links to some helpful tutorials on how to use Google Earth.
How to Use Google Earth For Beginners – by Rick Castellini on YouTube
Beginner Google Earth Tutorial Videos by Google
Beginner’s Guide to Using Google Earth – by The Land Brothers
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Google Earth Tour Map Attribution
Map Data: Google, Image Landsat / Copernicus
Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO
Image U.S. Geological Survey
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