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Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II

Piazza Venezia 3, Rome 00187 Italy
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    Ana Calvo
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    4 Jun 22, 2014

    The panoramic lifts, though vertigo inducing, are totally worth it. They take you to the very top where you can see every corner of the Eternal City.

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    don jordan
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    5 Jun 23, 2014

    Vittoriano Monument has been strongly disputed by many architects during the XX century for its magnificent and its dimensions that make impossible its insertion in the landscape formed by Campidoglio and and Aracoeli Stair. Nowadays this monument is one of the most popular in Rome for tourists and we think this is for the same reason why once was disputed. King of Sardinia Victor Emmanuel II join his army with Garibaldi, famous commander who also fought in South America (that's why he is also known as "two worlds' hero"), and managed to win against army of Vatican. Thanks to this union Italian regions was united in 1861 but Lazio and Veneto that was annexed later in 1866 and in 1870 with a battle against Vatican army ended with the famous act called "Breccia di Porta Pia" in September 20th. After few months Rome became capital of Italian State and Pope Pio IX declared himself prisoner and excommunicated King Victor Emmanuel II. Only in 1929 Mussolini created the Vatican State "releasing" the Pope from his imprisonment.
    Vittoriano was inaugurated in 1911 after 25 years of construction. The king is represented by an equestrian bronze estatue long 12 meters. The monument keeps also the tomb of the "unknown soldier" chose among all the unburied soldiers of the first world war in Gorizia and brought to Rome by train the 21st of Novemeber 1921. This is the reason why many italians know the Vittoriano simply as "Il Milite Ignoto".

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    Taina Justo
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    4 May 23, 2014

    You'll gonna find the monument to the unknown soldier here, the migration museum, and the unification battles history too.

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  • Monument to Vittorio Emanuele IIPro 2014
    Laurel W
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    3 May 18, 2014

    The monument is a bit of a monstrosity but it is good for finding directions and orienting where you are. There's an elevator to get to the top.

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  • Monument to Vittorio Emanuele IIPro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    4 Apr 27, 2014

    Best scene at night, this is an extravagant monument to the Risorgimento. Many Italians find it tacky, but there is something stunning to behold about a bit of triumphal architecture meant to rival the ancients.

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    Elvira Vanag
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    3 Mar 27, 2014

    The Vittorio Emanuele Monument is a pretty ugly building and is totally out of place next to the Roman Forum and other historical sites. Romans hate it. It is commonly known as the Wedding Cake. But there is a very good reason to visit it. Take a glass elevator to the top terrace and you will get the best 360 degrees views of Rome. It’s like seeing New York from the Top of the Rock (except you don’t need to be that high to see Rome).

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  • Monument to Vittorio Emanuele IIPro 2014
    Rich Carriero
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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    The Pizza Venezia is one of the most conspicuous monuments in Rome. The statue of Victor Emmanuel, the first King of Italy is a testament to modern Italian nationalism. It's a handsome enough palace, if a little gaudy. When I was in Rome I attended an art show here.

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    Chiara M
    4 Oct 23, 2013

    Nicknamed in Rome as the wedding cake, the monument to the first king of Italy is famous for the breathtaking view from the roof terrace!

    Prices Elevator: € 7 (reduced tickets € 3,50)
    Opening time: Mon-Thur 9:30 AM - 5:45 PM; Fri-Sun 9:30 AM - 6:45 PM

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  • Monument to Vittorio Emanuele IIPro 2014
    Frances Nguyen
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    3 Oct 18, 2013

    The monument serves to honor Victor Emanuelle II, the first king of unified Italy. Completed in 1935, the monument is a historical tribute to modern day Italy.

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  • Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II
    Menske
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    5 Aug 25, 2013

    if you're looking for something that will impress you, well...here you are. nothing more imposing than this Monument. you will pass it by several times while touring the city...and at night, the lightning, breathtaking...

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  • Monument to Vittorio Emanuele IICommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Keane
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    5 Aug 10, 2013

    I get it. It looks like a giant typewriter. Or a wedding cake. It's been called an eyesore against the Roman landscape, a big white thing sticking out in the middle of it all.

    Still, I think it's beautiful. I found the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier here quite moving. There's a restroom inside and an easier indoor path to reach the top of the Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli without climbing those thigh-breaking stairs. I'm certain Vittorio would've wanted it this way.

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  • Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II
    John M
    4 Jun 04, 2013

    Begun in 1885 and inaugurated in 1925 this monument to Victor Emmanuel !! of Savoy, the first King of unified Italy who is depicted here in a gilt bronze oversized statue. The monument also contains a museum of the Risorgimento, the events that led to unification. It is now possible to reach the very top of the Monument for unexcelled views of Rome from every direction.

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    Gerard Keyes
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    4 Mar 12, 2013

    I love the building but I couldn't stand the attitude of the fun police who kept blowing whistles as soon as someone had the cheek to sit down on the steps. It totally ruined my experience.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jan 14, 2013

    This is a nice place to see if you are in the vicinity. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. The views from the top are very good. The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame.

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    Phyth
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    5 Dec 12, 2012

    The building's appearance is not universally admired, though I rather like it.
    However, the most important thing about it from a visitor's perspective isn't how it looks but what you can see from its roof.

    After going up in the lift at the back of the building, you reach a viewing platform with incredible views over the city. Key Roman sights that you can see include the Colosseum, the Forum / Palatine Hill and St Peter's Basilica. Highly recommended.

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    Rachel Parrott
    5 Mar 06, 2014

    Supposedly, the people of Rome hate it and consider it an eyesore; however, I love how the monument looms white and clean above the terra cotta of the city. It's one of my favorite non-ancient things in Rome.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    3 Sep 26, 2012

    I couldn't escape the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II. I kept seeing it on my way to somewhere else. Since it's built in the 20th century, it looks very modern compared to all of the other sites.

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is here.

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    Gratian Matache
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    5 Sep 24, 2012

    The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument built to honour Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1935.
    The monument is built of white marble from Botticino, Brescia, and features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. The structure is 135 m (443 ft) wide and 70 m (230 ft) high.
    The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Reunification. In 2007, a panoramic elevator was added to the structure, allowing visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome.

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    5 Sep 15, 2012

    Very impressive monument. We were able to see if from all the corners of Rome (from the San Pietro Basilica top, from the Castle Sant Angelo, from the Villa Borghese).

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    Bridgette
    5 Sep 13, 2012

    So this isn't the Vittorio Emanuele monument...but if you pay the few Euros and take the elevators to the tip top of the monument this is the view you will see! It's breath taking up there. You literally can see all of Rome. You can see the domes of all the churches and the tip of the pantheon. It's a perfect way to view the city.

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Visit Vittorio Emanuele II monument in Rome, Italy and feel like a part of the history. To honor Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of unified Italy, architect Giuseppe Sacconi had designed this monument in the late 19th century. Climb up this huge white marble structure for free and get a view of Rome; however, you can pay a small fee to board the glass elevator and reach 'The Terrace of the ... read more
Quadrigas' - the top of this monument. From there you can have a 360 degree birds-eye view of the city and enjoy the panorama of perfect synergy between ancient and modern Rome. Romans share a love-hate relationship with this landmark and compare the monument to a wedding cake or a Victorian typewriter.

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Aliases: Il Vittoriano