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Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument

Address: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy (Piazza Venezia / Ancient City)
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Type: Monuments & statues, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: Located in the center of Piazza Venezia, this grandiose monument...
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Type: Monuments & statues, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:30 am - 5:45 pm
Fri - Sun 9:30 am - 6:45 pm
Owner description: 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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Sligo, Ireland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

If I would followed my pocket rough guide I probably would have avoided this monument. But I am glad I did as the views from it and the whole thing itself are exceptionally fantastic. And it a real focus of the town, which can be used as a landmark during day and night. Highly recommended.

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Izmir, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

After you see it itself, you should go to top via the loooong stairs on the left (left-hand-side of the front) to have a wonderful view. It's one of the highest points of Rome that give you a near-panoramic view.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This massive marble building does rather dominant the area but it is a good place to get other views of the city. It is free to enter the building, head for the right hand side and climb the stairs to the inside and then up more stairs to the first floor. There is a cafe here which is a nice... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

They call it the wedding cake for a reason!! Traffic mayhem and a giant set of steps. That's about it! But it looks. Er. Memorable. That's the word

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

What a gem, we had lunch in the café which was reasonably priced. The toilets are located inside the museum and are free, although we spent a penny (in every sense) and went to the ones without a queue by the great glass elevator. The 7Euros each (kids are free) to get to the top was worth every cent. The... More 

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

It is very good that there is no fee to enter in the monument but there is a fee to go to the top of the building. Despite that the view from the lower terraces is breathtaking. The exhibits inside are not as many as in other monuments but it is not a problem.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We visited here in October 2013. We had checked out the last times for taking the lift to the top previously so we would not miss out. We arrived for the last lift accesses to the top of the monument, sometime soon after 6.15pm. This was a great time to be up here for views over Rome. There was still... More 

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Lugoj, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

The monument is facing the Piazza Venezia and is dedicated to the first king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II. Also called Altare della Patria, this no entry fee buliding, beside it’s beauty, is a great place for a panorama over the city of Rome. There is an elevator that can get you even higher, but we felt like the photos... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Just looking at this thing is amazing. Most likely while walking around Rome sightseeing and shopping you will see this building as it is at the end of Via del Corso (one of the main avenues of the city). On certain days you can go in for free and explore this beautiful building. However, if it's raining, be careful on... More 

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It was free, which is always good. Great views and stunning architecture. Glass lift is an option for those who want to have a stunning view across Rome but will cost you 7 Euros. Museum closed on Sunday which was a shame but still worth a stop on way to/from Coliseum.

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