Screw The Vacation, Take A Hi-Res Satellite Journey Through Italy’s Tourist Hotspots

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It would be nice to spend a few days in Italy, floating through the canals of Venice, hiking on the Amalfi Coast, and gobbling pizza.But if you can’t spare the vacation days, we’ve got a consolation prize: a satellite journey through Italy’s best tourist spots.

Of course these places look beautiful from the ground, but they also look pretty incredible from outer space.

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