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“The big white wedding cake in the middle of Rome.”

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
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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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“The big white wedding cake in the middle of Rome.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

The memorial serves several purposes. As well as the memorial to the king himself, it also has the tomb of the unknown soldier, as well as a museum to the reunification of Italy (free entry, but unless you are keen on modern Italian history it's a bit dull). The very top floor has amazing views if you pay for the glass lift/ elevator at the back. Even without doing the lift to the top the views are great from the next level down.

Visited September 2013
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“Nice monument”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Its really nice monument (Italy war memorial) and well maintained.
You need not to pay anything and can have a good view from front and also can go up to have beautiful view of area around it.
Nice place in central Rome.

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

This was my favorite building in Rome - just fantastic and the views from the top are well worth the fee to use the escalator.

Visited August 2013
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“Highly underrated...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Ah, the Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument AKA Italy's national war memorial AKA that thing the locals despise.

When I asked friends that had been to Rome about must visit places I received the usual overrated tourist spots (spanish steps I'm looking at you). This mighty fine edifice of excessiveness was not mentioned however and I only happened upon it by wandering out of an alleyway and spotting the gleaming marble in the distance (my time in Rome was rather unplanned).

Being quite the fan of classical architecture and perhaps watching that not-very-historical film Gladiator one too many times, I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer awesomeness (and I don't use that word lightly) of this monument.

It's rather hard to find decent examples of ancient Roman architecture that still looks anything like it did 2000 years ago so a trip here will give you an impression of how damn impressive it was. Ok so it's not that historically accurate, but hey it's free and you don't have to queue for it.

I didn't pay money to go up the elevator but the views are still pretty good from the highest tier below roof level. I also found the insides worth investigating, providing you have an interest in how Italy came together as a united country (involving a lot or war as usual). There is (or was) an exhibition on the state of Italy's current military activities if you're into that thing (I am).

So sure, there isn't many stories behind this one unlike every other attraction in town (probably why there's no guided tours) but if you want ridiculously good photos of stylised classical eye-porn, this is the place to go.

Visited October 2012
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“Roof top view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Brilliant view from the top. Go round the side & up in the glass lift. The price was reasonable. You can see a fantastic panorama of Rome from the top.

Visited August 2013
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