"Piazza Venezia and the "Wedding Cake"" Piazza Venezia - Vittoriano Tip by Jmill42

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

  The Wedding Cake
by Jmill42

At the end of Via del Corso lies Piazza Venezia. At its southern end lies a massive structure, whihc is the building constructed to praise king Vittorio Emmanuele II, the first king of unified Italy. Officially known as the Altar of the Fatherland, it was constructed between 1885 and 1905. I found out that it sometimes goes by another name to the locals: the "Wedding Cake", because of its square lines and bland appearance. Most Romans hate it, some like it, but both will let you know where they stand.

Also, of importance is that the structure contains the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

There are always guards around, and many times there are guys dressed up as gladiators trying to get you to pay them for a picture. Additonally, there are many, many food stalls here, and on the walk to the Coloseum.

Address: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
Directions: Piazza Venezia... you can't miss it...
Phone: +39 06 0608
Website: http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/piazza-venezia?lang=en

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  • Written Mar 6, 2004
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