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"Vittoriano monument / Museo del Risorgimento" Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano Tip by illumina

Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano, Rome: 186 reviews and 306 photos

On the South side of Piazza Venizia is a truly monumental structure dominating the whole piazza; dedicated to king Vittorio Emmanuele II, the first king of unified Italy, it is officially known as the Altar of the Fatherland. It was constructed between 1885 and 1905 and changed the whole appearance of the area - the whole area and its surroundings had to be cleared, including many ancient and medaieval structures. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is also now housed in this structure, incorporated in 1921.

Off to the left behind the monument is the Risorgimento Museum which is dedicated to the movement for Italian unification that culminated in the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 with the joining together of many little states under the House of Savoy.

Not everyone likes the structure - I believe it is popularly known as the wedding cake, or the typewriter - but it has one use: you get a great view of the city from the balcony outside the museum, and there are picture boards telling you what you are looking at. Very handy indeed.

Address: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
Directions: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
Phone: +39 06 0608

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 19, 2006
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