It’s amazing what one can do with a podcast these days — with an mp3 player (like an Ipod or any other brand), you can easily carry with you audio tours of your favorite places that you can listen to as you visit various monuments — or even listen to the tour before you go.
That’s why I want to give a shout out to this site, Italyguides.it, which features free audio guides to several important monuments and locations in Rome. There’s also an interactive guide designed specifically for Iphones as an App for the Vatican as well as an mp3 audio tour that you can purchase from Itunes as well as several other online locations. If you plan to visit other cities in Italy, such as Venice, Naples, Pisa, etc., they also have some audioguides for those locales, too.
The site also includes virtual panoramas of various places in and around Rome but also around Italy, too! Their site is definitely worth exploring, and I’ve been playing with their web site for a few hours now and keep finding really cool photos, tools, videos and images!
If you have an Apple TV box, you can even download and watch in hi-def some movies of Italy that they’ve created. I don’t have an Apple TV so I couldn’t test it out but would be interested in seeing how it is – if anyone has the necessary hardware, try it out and leave a comment!
Tours and podcasts can be downloaded from their site and/or purchased from Itunes, eMusic, Amazon and a few other locations. Check out their web site for more details.