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Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument

Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
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Ranked #37 of 730 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Architectural Buildings, Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

this certainly is a land mark its made from white marble and sticks out like a sore thumb but i like it its very central if climb up to the top you have a wonderfull view of Rome it also has a tomb of a unknown solider which i think is very touching you cannot miss this building its the... More

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Regina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The monument is pretty overwhelming in the middle of the city I admit, but I still thought it was very nice and grand - walking up the steps gave a very awe-inspired feeling. The tomb of the unknown soldier is here, as is a lovely balcony that has a nice view and a cool breeze - but the best for... More

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Calgary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The monument is so overpowering in size that it dwarfs everything around it. I will admit that it is quite beautiful in a kind of grotesque way. But it just seems so out of place considering that it is located just next to the forum. The views from the top are quite fantastic. There is no fee to go inside... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You do not have to go any where separately to see it. If you walk through the back side of the roman forum towards the capitoline museum, you will find this monument in your way.

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Split, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The monument, together with the whole Atare della Patria, is beautiful. It's part of the Rome's skyline, and therefore visible from almost everywhere in the city. Views from the terrace were also nice. We didn't take the elevator to the roof, though (7 EUR ticket, and there are many better points in Rome to look over the rooftops).

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I enter the door of the museum, but as I was thirsty y climb the stairs following the cafetaria signs.When I found it, I also found the back door to Santa Maria in Ara Coeli and couldnt resist the temptation and visited it.Then in the cafetaria, i had a light lunch with a breath taking view.Walked the floor and bought... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Romans either love or hate this monument that dominates the Roman skyline. It's worth visiting for a couple of reasons. If you ride the elevator to the roof, you're rewarded with superb views of Rome, and afterwards you'll be able to orient yourself within the city since you can see the monument from nearly everywhere. We went into the museum... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Apparently Romans think this is an eyesore, but I love this monument and Piazza Venezia. Make sure to check it out!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

History of Italian army inside plus a few other gems. The building is epic and probably my favourite. Your not allowed to sit on the steps or even put your bag down, man with whistle dislikes you if you do! The statue can be seen from almost everywhere and is great at night.

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Vantaa, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This wasn't even on our original sightseeing list but as you walk around Rome it's really hard to miss. This building is just an amazing piece of work, the sheer size of it when looking at it from the square is just mindboggling! The way it has been build in a completely symmetric way was fascinating to me. Definitely worth... More

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