Every time I happen to be in Piazza Venezia, I smile thinking of the nicknames that the Romans invented about the Altare della Patria.
It’s been called macchina da scrivere (typewriter) or torta nuziale (wedding cake). Romans never liked so much the Altare della Patria. It has always been considered too large and pompous. For its construction, a beautiful medieval neighbourhood was destroyed.
But once in Piazza Venezia you can’t miss a visit to the Altare della Patria (also known as Vittoriano). It’s a magnificent white monument built in honour of King Vittorio Emanuele II, who unified Italy.
In Neoclassical style, the Altare della Patria was inaugurated in 1911 but it was completed only in 1925.
Visiting the Vittoriano, you find stairs, Corinthian columns, fountains,
the two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas, the equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II and many other statues made by the most famous sculptors of the time.
And while you go up, enjoy the fantastic skylines of Rome.
Take some pics with the seagulls, guardians of the monument.
Find the Colosseum at the end of Fori Imperiali.
And before you go, pay tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Milite Ignoto) with an eternal flame, just under the statue of goddess Roma.