All of you armchair time travelers will want to check out this article on the Venice Time Machine project “a pioneer international Digital Humanities scientific programme launched by the EPFL and the University Ca’Foscari of Venice in 2012.
The aim of the project is to build “a multidimensional model of Venice and its evolution covering a period of more than 1000 years. Kilometers of archives are currently being digitized, transcribed and indexed setting the base of the largest database ever created on Venetian documents. Millions of photos are processed using machine vision algorithms and stored in a format adapted to high performance computing approaches. In addition to these primary sources, the content of thousands of monographs are indexed and made searchable…”
Oh! And here is an introductory slide show to help you get started on your journey.