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Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
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Address: Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
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09:30 - 17:45
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Located in the center of Piazza Venezia, this grandiose monument, also...

Located in the center of Piazza Venezia, this grandiose monument, also known as the Altar of Patriotism, was erected between 1885 and 1911 to glorify the first king of Italy.

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Beautiful Monument

This is a beautiful monument and well worth a visit. There is no fee to visit most of the building but as it is a memorial, you are expected to behave in a respectable manner

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful monument and well worth a visit. There is no fee to visit most of the building but as it is a memorial, you are expected to behave in a respectable manner

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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It is completely out of scale with other buildings nearby, but what's done is done. It is a monumental piece of architecture that show's Italy's aspirations at the beginning of the 20th century. There are wonderful views from the top of the monument and great photo opportunities abound. Because it also the resting place for the Unknown Soldier they ask... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Massive historical site, lends itself to 360 degree panoramic views of Rome. Be sure to take a few hours for this visit if you want to absorb all it has to offer.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We climbed the many steps to the viewing terrace and enjoyed the stunning views of Rome. Following the recommendation of a friend we took the glass lift ( 7 euros) to the very top. The views from here are even more spectacular! Boards help to identify the main sights -Colosseum, Roman Forum. St. Peter's and more.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you can clime the steps, go around the back of the building and take the life to the top. My wife wasn't sure but when you get to the top you have superb views of Rome. Well worth a visit.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is ridiculously gorgeous. Our tour guide told us that Romans hate this monument and it's known as 'the wedding cake' because it's so big and grand and it sticks out like a sore thumb amongst Rome's brown and yellow buildings. It's stunning. Free to look at - we didn't go in so don't know about that - and... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very imposing monument and very beautiful. Take in the grandeur everytime you go past. Would recommend walking down to the colloseum from here.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the back of this building there is an elevator and for 7 euros per person you can go up to the top of the building and get a view of the entire skyline of Rome. You have the Colossium on one side and St. Peter's on the other. It is a must see.

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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is impressive like everything else in Rome. A must if you're there, gotta climb a few steps, but it's worth it, and to pay respect to the unknown soldier. On top of the monument is a great view of the city you will enjoy, plus the structure itself is just gorgeous and very grand and great for history buffs.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was worth the hundreds of steps it took to reach the lift on the 5th level as the view of Rome from the top helps you get Rome into prospective

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this neighbourhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighbourhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.
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