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Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument

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Address: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
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Description: Located in the center of Piazza Venezia, this grandiose monument, also...
Located in the center of Piazza Venezia, this grandiose monument, also known as the Altar of Patriotism, was erected between 1885 and 1911 to glorify the first king of Italy.
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This place has a lot of history, character and reverence for the sacrifice of soldiers who have given their lives for the security of others. Go around the front to the eternal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This place has a lot of history, character and reverence for the sacrifice of soldiers who have given their lives for the security of others. Go around the front to the eternal flame. Go around the back and buy a ride to the top for a great view of Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We did actually 'find' this amazing monument by accident, when we first had visited Colosseum, Palatini hill and Forum Romanum. We came out from this Forum Romanum end and started to walk ahead and wow, this was what we saw after walking a bit. We had found it already very hard to walk (sore legs etc.), but this made us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

At first sight you can't avoid open your mouth whenever spotting this huge monument standing out in the middle of the ancient centre of Rome. As time goes by you start to understand why the actual Romans kind of dislike it...it's a white-too-white modern building among hundreds of brown-really-old constructions! In my opinion though, there's no problem with that, it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We visited Rome late last year and I was told about this monument by someone who lived in Rome. It was an impressive building on the outside and when we walked in, we discovered that there was a free war museum. We didn't spend a ton of time there but it was a cool building with a lot of history.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Stay outside and enjoy how huge the monument is. There was exhibition of italian army flags inside to honor the italian soldiers, but for regular tourist it's not that interesting. From outside it was breathtaking! You can also take elevator up at the rear of the building (for a fee). Otherwise it's free to access.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The monument itself is impressive and free to enter. The museum bit is closed Monday's but the building itself is worth a up close viewing. The €7 secret is at the rear! It wasn't mentioned in my guide book but there is now a glass lift that takes you to the roof for €7 each. At the top you the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Take time out visit the unknown solider. Walk around the back of the monument and gaze down into the forum which i found a better way of seeing the forum. The queue for the glass elevator can be busy so recomened lokking inside the monument till it is less crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

ok as soon as i stepped foot in rome i say a very big statue in the deep end of the road so we decided to check it out. i didnt think it would be far away and boy was i wrong. we had to walk for two hours to get there. then i realized why i could wee it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill.The eclectic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Not only is this visible for miles, because of it's position and being so white, but you can also see for miles from here. The monument is easily accessible from the Fori and Colosseum or Piazza Venezia. there are alot of steps at the front, (and a lot of hawkers!!) but there is a lift at the back. One thing... More 

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this neighborhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighborhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.