Assassin’s Creed 2
The game Assassin’s Creed 2 takes place in a fictional history of real world events that follow the centuries old conflict between the Assassins (the good guys, despite the name) and the Templars who want to rule the world. The story is set in the 21st century at the height of the Renaissance in Italy during the 15th and early 16th century.
Players directly control Ezio Auditore da Firenze through a third-person perspective. You can also control the camera for a 360° view of the surroundings. The game takes place in an open world environment allowing the player to roam freely within several regions of late fifteenth-century Italy.
How The Assassin’s Creed 2 Video Game Inspired My Trip to Italy
Yes the game is violent…blood, hidden blades, swords, fighting, hunting, assassinations, I mean Ezio is an assassin after all, but this is how the Assassin’s Creed 2 video game inspired my trip to Italy. It was the rich detail and visual graphics, the environment and cinematography of Florence, Venice and Rome Italy that moved me. It is simply stunning. Everything in the game is 100% to scale so running through the streets, admiring the architecture, bridges and Cathedrals like my favorite Santa Maria Del Fiore feels so real and life-like.
Game Image: Assassin’s Creed Wiki
Game Image: www.gamezone.de
Florence – Santa Maria del Fiore & Ponte Vecchio
Swimming or riding a gondola through the canals of Venice or climbing up the side of the Colosseum. Interacting with history in a virtual way is awesome. When I finnally made it to the destinations from the game in real life, I almost always felt a sense of Deja vu. I can’t count how many times I said to myself as I roamed the streets “I jumped off the top of this basillica” – refferring to St. Peter’s in Rome or “I fought a bunch of guards here in an epic battle”, referring to the Plaza in front of St. Mark’s Basillica in Venice. You feel like you are literally walking through history.
Venice – St. Mark’s Basilica, Rome – St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo, Coliseum
I fell in love with Florence & Venice because of this game and when I finally visited, I made a point of standing in some of the exact spots I stood when I was playing the game. It felt so surreal. When I returned home and felt the meed to visit Italy again I would fire up my Playstation 3 and play Assassin’s Creed 2. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood brought me to Rome before I actually visited Rome while Assassin’s Creed Revelations is partly responsible for inspiring my trip to Istanbul/Constantinople and Cappadocia. However, my trip to Istanbul was also inspired by James Bond (Read it here: How James Bond Inspired My Trip To Istanbul) and my trip to Cappadocia was also inspired by an awesome documentary I watched (Read that here: How a Documentary Inspired My 2 Day Trip To Cappadocia).
Its funny how inspiration can be found in the most unusual places.
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