All roads lead to Rome! If you are taking a walk in the center of Rome, you cannot miss the white huge building. Experience the greatness of the monument and Italian conception of the architecture of the late 1800’s. What is it all about?

One of Rome’s most controversial landmarks, the Vittorio Emanuele Monument occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill.Victor Emmanuel II was the first monarch of Italy in the mid to late 1800’s. This monument was built of white Brescian marble. It is often ridiculed because of its harsh white color in a city of more muted golden-beige architecture. The Vittoria Emanuele Monument is probably Italy’s most flamboyant landmark.

Monument to Vittorio Emanuel II

The Monument in is commonly known by few nicknames, and most of them aren’t flattering. Locally known as “The Vittoriano”, “The Typewriter,” “The False Teeth,” or “The Wedding Cake”. The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, built under the statue of Italy after World War I following an idea of General Giulio Douhet. The body of the unknown soldier was chosen on October 26, 1921 from amongst 11 unknown remains by Maria Bergamas, a woman from Gradisca d’Isonzo whose only child was killed during World War I.

The most popular attraction at the Vittorio Emanuele Monument is the glass-walled elevator to the top, called “Rome from the Sky.” From the top of the monument, you get one of the best views of Rome from anywhere in the city. It overlooks the Forum, and allows visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome. This panoramic view is one of the greatest gifts that the eternal city might offer.

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