What happens if you search for the Tower of Pisa on Google

The Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous monuments in the world and, for this reason, Google has included it in a special list

On Google, as we know, there is everything: from cooking recipes to sports news, passing through monuments. We made these three examples not by chance, but intentionally: when we search a recipe, the result of a match or a famous monument on Google, the first result is almost always a box produced by Google itself. In the case of monuments, however, there is also something more: augmented reality (AR).

So, when we search for a famous monument on Google it is very likely that the search engine will show us, after its position on Maps, some information taken from Wikipedia and reviews taken from Tripadvisor, also a 3D model of the monument itself. But, in reality, it's much more than that because on some smartphones you can tap on "View in 3D" to witness a little magic: Google opens the Camera app, asks us to frame the floor or a flat surface and, shortly after, shows us the monument in augmented reality inside the room where we are. One of the latest monuments added by Google to its collection of 3D buildings in AR is the very Italian Tower of Pisa.

How to see the Tower of Pisa in AR

To see the Tower of Pisa in AR, but also dozens of other monuments, just open Google search from your smartphone and search for "Tower of Pisa". Then we have to scroll down a bit, until Google shows us the 3D model that rotates and with an invitation: "See the Tower of Pisa up close - View in 3D".

Taking a tap on that button will open a tab, showing the monument in 3D and with another button at the bottom: "View in space". Lo spazio è quello di casa nostra, o del posto dove ci troviamo, perché facendo tap su tale pulsante Google ci chiederà di puntare la fotocamera del telefono verso il basso.

Cioè verso il pavimento o, in alternativa, un piano d’appoggio sul quale “poggerà" la Torre di Pisa mostrandocela in realtà aumentata. Muovendo il telefono, quindi, potremo vedere i vari lati del monumento e persino girargli intorno. Potremo anche scattare una foto o girare un breve video.

Quali monumenti si possono vedere in AR

La Torre di Pisa fa parte dell’ultimo set di monumenti in AR aggiunti da Google, ma ce ne sono molti altri da tutto il mondo. Ecco un elenco di quelli disponibili, inutile dire che molti sono monumenti italiani:

    • Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
    • Conservatory of Flowers
    • Neuschwanstein Castle
    • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    • Alcatraz Island
    • Eiffel Tower
    • Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral
    • Alhambra
    • Empire State Building
    • One World Trade Center
    • St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Amazon Theatre
    • Ferry Building
    • Palace of Versailles
    • Statue of Liberty National Monument
    • Arasaka Imperia Residence
    • Flatiron Building
    • Palace of Westminster
    • Stonehenge
    • Arc de Triomphe
    • Giotto’s Bell Tower
    • Palais Garnier
    • The Angel of Independence
    • Aztec Stadium
    • Golden Gate Bridge
    • Palazzo Vecchio
    • The British Museum
    • Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    • Japan National Stadium
    • Pantheon
    • The Centre Pompidou
    • Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
    • Kaminarimon Gate
    • Panthéon
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
    • Kensington Palace
    • Parthenon
    • The Painted Ladies
    • Big Ben
    • La Sagrada Familia
    • Piazza della Signoria
    • The Palace of Fine Arts
    • Brooklyn Bridge Leaning
    • Tower of Pisa
    • Piazza Navona
    • Tokyo National Museum
    • Buckingham Palace
    • Les Invalides
    • PIER 39
    • Tokyo Skytree
    • Piazza del Campidoglio
    • London Eye
    • Pitti Palace
    • Tokyo Tower
    • Capela Curial de São Francisco de Assis
    • Louvre Museum
    • Placa de Catalunya
    • Tower of London
    • Castel Sant’Angelo
    • Magic Fountain of Montjuic
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Trafalgar Square
    • Castle of Good Hope
    • Meiji Jingu
    • Rhodes Memorial
    • Trevi Fountain
    • Cathedral of Barcelona
    • Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
    • Rockefeller Center
    • Union Buildings
    • Cathedral of Brasilia
    • Monument of the Ninos Heroes
    • Roman Forum
    • Ushiku Building
    • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
    • Monument to the Revolution
    • Sacré-Cœur
    • Voortrekker Monument
    • Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
    • Moses Mabhida Stadium
    • San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge
    • Westminster Abbey
    • Chapultepec Castle
    • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
    • São Paulo Cathedral
    • Yoyogi National Stadium
    • Christ the Redeemer
    • Musée d’Orsay
    • Sensō-ji
    • Zojoji
    • Coit Tower
    • National Museum of Nature and Science
    • Guggenheim Museum
    • Columbus Monument
    • National Palace
    • Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

Google AR, there are also animals and Baby Yoda

The exact same augmented reality display system is available on Google Search not only for monuments, but also for a long list of animals and even pop culture characters.

Try Googling information about tigers, lions, pandas, dogs, cats and even dinosaurs and you can bring one into your living room. Also try some characters from famous TV series or movies, like the mythical Baby Yoda.