Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
Locals may not be the biggest fans of the Monument of Vittoriano -- also known as Altare dela Patria -- but it’s a famous landmark that you simply cannot ignore. This Roman attraction standing on top of Piazza Vinezzia boasts of elegant white walls that make it look like a regal castle. Established in 1885, it was built to honor King Vittorio Emanuele II -- evidenced by the towering equestrian statue at the center -- Italy’s first king.
Vittoriano Emanuele II’s monument is one of Rome’s towering attractions -- with a size spanning 135 meters wide and 70 meters tall, Altare dela Patria perpetually commands the attention of visitors and passers-by. Its elegant Corinthian columns and seemingly endless flight of steps are in pristine, marble-white beauty. The monument’s main feature is the bronze statue of King Vittoriano. Despite adding value to Rome’s tourism industry, many Italians were not pleased with the construction of Altare dela Patria since it somehow diminishes the value of the classical buildings surrounding it.
Apart from its grand design, Vittoriano Emanuele II’s monument is also a popular spot to see Rome’s staggering beauty. Take the panoramic elevators, or walk all the way up to the the terraces to have a clear view of Rome’s panoramic features.
At the base of the museum is the Museum of Risorgimento -- a museum built to commemorate the unification of Italy. Here, historic artifacts such as flags, weapons, and documents related to that important event are on display.
Another famous feature of this monument is the tomb of an unknown soldier. It is believed that the soldier died during World War I eventually becoming as the country’s symbol for every unnamed soldier who gave his life for the country.
Hundreds of tourists come here everyday to take photos of this attractive landmark. See firsthand how the monument transforms into a beautiful golden building during sunset.
Monumento a Victor ll, Piazza Venezia, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Everyday 9.30 - 19.30 (last entrance 18.45)
Closed 25 December and 1st January except special openings