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Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument

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Address: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 39066780664
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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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You can see it from everywhere

You can't miss this huge white building, it can be seen from everywhere. Very busy around, so many tourist. We didn't go in, but next time maybe with less people I'll try it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Seems a wee bit excessive just to spend 15 minutes taking pictures of the breathtaking views from the top. The building itself sticks out like a sore thumb and is not in general keeping with the rest of Rome, hence why it is called the wedding cake (looks like one from a distance and equally as useful!)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can't miss this huge white building, it can be seen from everywhere. Very busy around, so many tourist. We didn't go in, but next time maybe with less people I'll try it.

Thank Krisztina C
Hoboken, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We drove by this monument and also stopped to appreciat the scale and also the purpose. While it honors Vitorrio Emmanuel it also honor the Unknown Soldier not to be forgotten. Some one asked us if it resembles a "wedding cake", or "type writer" regardless what it resembles it is memorable and elegant.

Thank StellaHobo
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would recommend taking the elevator to the top to see an incredible 360 degree view of all of Rome.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bit reminiscent of glazed wedding cake, the monument itself not really outstanding and one can understands, why Romans dislike it. But when you get up the stairs, you have the most beautiful views of historic Rome. So it somewhat worth it. And if you turn right, just besides the monument there are remnants of Capitoline insula – very worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are interested in social and politcal history of Italy its worth visiting this free museum which is on the ground floor of the monument. Its covers the history of Italians who emigrated accross the world from the mid 19 th century to today and what conditions were like. There is English translation of most of the text.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This monument is one of Rome most popular attractions. It was renovated, and now has an elevator that goes to its top. The view is amaizing from the top of the city, and one can see all other famous attractions as the Colosseum, the Forum Romano, the Vatican, all Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stumbled over this by chance on holiday. So glad we seen it! the work outside is fantastic and so beautiful and inside is so informative!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's not really on the regular tourist itineraries but this massive building is well worth a visit for the museum and if you climb up all the way to the top balcony, you'll get some fantastic views of the area with monuments such as Trajan's Column and Market in sight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To the top... Anyhoo, about the Altare della Patria a.k.a. Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument. As others have written, you can skip the museum of Italian Unification that is located inside. But, for history buffs, the museum is worth checking out. The true gem for the sightseer is a walk around the right of the monument and to the back. For... 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.
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