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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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My favourite building in Rome. It is so so soooo white! We climbed up the steps to look inside but they'd just closed the rooms off for some reason. Great views from it. Then we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

My favourite building in Rome. It is so so soooo white! We climbed up the steps to look inside but they'd just closed the rooms off for some reason. Great views from it. Then we had to go down the very steep steps and the back of it. That was a little nerve racking! Must go see this! Amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I think our guide told us this is called the wedding cake by its looks. It's a wow factor for me and my wife. We loved to see this. There are 2 soldiers guarding the statue all the time. If you visit Rome - go and see this! We recommend this place With love Lucia och Jim

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This monument is allmost grotesque in its magnitude and brightness, and was built as a tribute to the first King of a unified Italy. Nevertheless its history also includes the tomb of the unknown soldier from WWI and was the seat of Mussolini during his facist regime. The plaza at the foot of Rome's massive Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Buildings don't get more impressive than this. It might not be as old as it's more illustrious competing buildings in Rome, but it takes your breathe away the first time you see it. Majestic sweeping marble structure with imposing statues all over. Well worth a detour to take it in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Really cool building from the outside, but what was on the inside was not worth the stairs that you take. It's free, but it's not very interesting for me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

It was very hot but worth it. Quite cheap and no real queue. Views are fantastic and the explanation boards very useful. Well worth a short visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We ended up here by mistake. We thought we were going to the church next door. The monument outside is of colossal size and quite inspiring. There are small museums inside about different regimental flags of Italy. All of the explanations are in Italian. Still, we enjoyed our unplanned visit here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

As simply a national monument, this place is really OTT. However what you will find within the building is as museum, as well as works of art. On the terrace you get a spectacular view of Rome, and also a nice bar - perfect on a nice evening. A lIft (paid for) takes you to the roof, for an even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Beautiful building that dominates the sky line of Rome. It is beautiful, and while walking up the steps, I was just in awe of it. It is absolutely beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I thought this was a very impressive building of Rome, however many Italians are not fans of this monument as part of the ancient Capitoline Hill was bulldozed to make way for it. However it is the home of the unknown soldier, and you can pay about 18 euros to get a lift to the top for views of Rome.... More 

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Address: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 6:45 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:45 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:45 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:45 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:45 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 6:45 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 6:45 pm

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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.
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