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Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument

Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
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Ranked #44 of 726 attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Museums, Monuments/ Statues
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I love this building it's so grand and huge and white. Locally it is known as the wedding cake or the typewriter. The Romans hate it. It was built as a tribute to italys first king Vittorio Emmanuel. Walk or take the elevator to the top for views of the city, there is also a decent café their. On top... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This monument was constructed by command of an emperor (forgot the name) to mark a name in history for himself. Its a bful monument and worth a strole around with some pics. Not liked by historians since its occupying a lot of space and does not add to utility like trevi fountain and other monuments etc. I would say still... More

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Sachse, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The monument is good. The views at the roof were great. We took the elevator to the roof at 11 AM. It was very hot at the top. Morning or evening visits are recommended. Also, you may visit a beautiful church behind the monument.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were group of friends, who went 10 days road trip through all Italy. This was one of our destination to see.... To be honest one of out friend was a bit drunk and security did not allow to pass gate for him... as we were friends, then we seen from distance, i believe it would be amazing.... no recommendations,... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Walk the stairs until you are at the back of the monument. There you can take the glass elevator (ascensori panoramici) to the roof of the monument. From there you have a spectacular view of the whole city of Rome. All monuments and buildings are clearly recognisable or else may be found using the large maps on panels.

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italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Not to be missed. Beautiful glorious opera dedicated to the Unknown Soldier. We have admired the monument from outside the gates as the soldiers guard the tomb, but a few years ago it has been open to the public. It is now possible to climb the stairs to the top level where there is a museum hosting military artifacts. Beautiful... More

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This Monument it´s located at the heart of the city, so almost everything is really close to it. It´s impressive to see it at night, I actually prefer this place rather than the Colosseum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had a short time available before a fixed appointment and wandered down from our hotel before catching the metro at Colosseum it was VERY hot and full sun despite being early ish morning. The monument, being white, seemed to reflect the heat and it felt like a furnace. We will probably go back when it is cooler and make... More

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Spokane, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Romans hate this building--it reminds them of fascism. Americans like it because it reminds us of the buildings in Washington, DC. One guide continually referred to it as "that f***ing building"! But the entrance is free and the view from the top is spectacular (after climbing 100000 steps!) Here is a tip: After visiting the Campidoglio, climb the steps... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We wnt up all the stairs, and then took the lift to the top roof. Magnificent view. Excellent place to see the entire city, especially neighboring Forum. Nice restaurant to enjoy a cold drink. On top of the stairs from Piazza Venezia there is a modest door to the right where you may enter in to a beautiful 400 years... More

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