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dapper777 wrote a review Feb. 2021
Monaco26,412 contributions2,568 helpful votes
The monument was conceived and designed by Giuseppe Sacconi, a young architect from the Marche (a Central Italy region), who in 1882 won the competition to commmorate the death of King Victor Emmanuel II four years earlier. The project was realized by him in 1885. It was inaugurated on June 4, 1911, and completed in 1935. The gigantic monument dedicated to the King of the unification of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II of Savoy, also known as 'The Vittoriano' or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), stands in its symbolic value on the northern side of the Capitoline Hill, not far from the Colosseum and in the heart of imperial Rome, between Piazza Venezia and Via dei Fori Imperiali in the magnificence of its white marble. Jockingly called by the Romans with the ironic expression "typewriter" or alternatively "wedding cake", it is undoubtedly a monumental complex of great value and extraordinary symbolic value. The location is not accidental. In fact, for its location was chosen the very heart of Rome, where legend has it that everything originated and where the ancient temple of Jupiter Capitoline was built. Located a few meters from the archaeological remains that belonged to the glorious imperial period, it was erected as a symbolic bulwark able to face the temporal power of the Church, of which St. Peter's Basilica is the cradle and emblem. It is a monumental complex with a great visual impact, a little redundant architecturally and marked by a kind of gigantism to compete with the monuments of ancient Rome. From its terraces you can enjoy an extraordinary view of Rome and I imagine also from the roof which is accessed by elevator that we did not take, due to a very long queue. Inside, there is the Shrine to the Unknown Soldier and a museum of military flags with some cannons, a plane from the World War I and the famous 'mas' (Armed torpedo boats). It is a symbol of Rome and the Unified Italy: it is impossible to get to Piazza Venezia and not notice this monument which represents Italy of the last two centuries for its majesty, cultural and historical importance.…
Date of experience: February 2021
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McKenna N wrote a review Feb. 2021
Gainesville, Florida119 contributions6 helpful votes
It's bigger than you think, so give yourself plenty of time to climb up and down, and maybe go in the morning or evening. The views of the city, especially of the Forum, are spectacular. Worth a visit, especially since it's free!
Date of experience: June 2020
N Mo wrote a review Feb. 2021
This gigantic and hedious monument died not deserve to overshadowed other great monuments from antiquity.
Date of experience: January 2021
harry wrote a review Feb. 2021
The structure of this place is incredible, and there is a viewpoint where you can admire the whole city. The walk to get to the building is free, and offers different photo opportunities. However, to get to the viewpoint on the top, you need to pay for the elevator.
Date of experience: November 2020
Eyal Asher wrote a review Jan. 2021
Tel Aviv District, Israel3,583 contributions135 helpful votes
A huge and very impressive building located in the heart of ancient Rome next to Piazza venezia. This area of Rome is home to most of the city's major attractions. Everything within walking distance. The whole area is full of restaurants, cafes and shops. You are visiting Rome? There is no way to miss this area. Highly recommended…
Date of experience: February 2020