"Victor Emmanuel Monument - blot on the landscape" Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano Tip by Willettsworld

Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano, Rome: 187 reviews and 311 photos

 
 

Stuck in the middle between the Roman Forum and Trajan's Forum is this - the Victor Emmanuel Monument. It's overpowering ugliness and sheer hugeness makes it stick out like a soar thumb beside the beautiful palaces and the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli on the Capitoline Hill. Locals call it the "wedding cake" or the "typewriter" and it's not hard to see why. The problem I found in Italy was that they are simply tripping over Roman remains and so have to build modern buildings either beside them or right on top of them.

The monument was begun in 1885 and inaugurated in 1911 in honour of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of unified Italy.

Address: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
Directions: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
Phone: +39 06 0608
Website: http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/piazza-venezia?lang=en

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  • Written Jul 30, 2005
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