How to get the most out of
our city/regional maps.
Use of Our City/Regional Maps
1. You arrived at
this page after clicking a map symbol on one of our Best
Places To Visit Pages and the map should be centered on the
attraction you selected. You can move the map around within the frame
by depressing the left mouse button while moving your mouse
in the direction of interest on the map . In addition, the map can be zoomed or roamed using the control bar at
the top left of the map.
2. Doubling clicking
any position on
the map will center the map at that location and zoom into
3. You can view
the geographical area as a map, an aerial photograph/satellite image or a
combination of map and image by choosing one of the buttons at the
top right of the display area. Our maps showing city
detail are spectacular when viewed with the hybrid button
that combines street detail with an aerial image of the
area. Just zoom in for more detail.
- We positioned the
markers on our maps to highlight to location of the Best
Places to Visit on the hybrid image. We made
this decision since these
images combine the satellite image with a map overlay
and allow you to see the actual feature we describe in
the text of our guide.
- In some cases, the
satellite image and map overlays are not
"registered" - that is they do not fit together smoothly.
You may notice on some hybrid images that the
outline of the streets does not match where the
streets are shown on the Satellite Image.
- The result of this
mismatch is that in some cases, our symbols while
accurately positioned on the satellite image may be
slightly offset when viewed using the map as a
- If you use these
maps during travel, the symbols should always take
you directly to or very close to the features we
- You may find viewing the
hybrid image more useful than just looking at the map.
In Europe, streets continue through and sometimes around
squares and the symbolization of some streets on maps
may be misleading. If you take a quick look at the
combination of maps and aerial images using the hybrid
button on the map, you might find it easier to navigate
the cities we feature.
The order of the
Best Places to See on the right hand edge of the map page (if there is
more than one location) is alphabetical. At the end of this
list, you may find the local central train station, which is
rarely a tourist attraction, but often an important travel
hub for tourists. In addition, on the Venice map, we
have listed the three bridges crossing the Grand Canal.
In browsers other
than Internet Explorer, if an icon on the map is
within the shadow cast by an information window, the icon
will not be clickable on the map unless you close the
information window. This issue is related to how
browsers handle transparency.
We have added a Google search bar to most of our maps.
If you enter the name of something you want to find on the
map (like gelato in Rome or kilts in Edinburgh), clicking
the search button will result in a list of places displayed
above the search bar, as well as symbols for these locations
on the map. Click either the listing or the symbol to
open a window containing contact information for the
listing. Try it, we think you will like it.
If you have any problems using our maps, please let us know
- use this email address
The base map design, content
and data are © Google
and its suppliers. The selection of places and other
aspects of the information on the map pages are ©
or its suppliers.