Monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II

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Monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II Rome Reviews

jdig0304 jdig0304
35 reviews
Eyesore? Jun 04, 2011
You sure as heck cant miss it and it is a wonderful reference point when out and about in the city but should you take the time to explore it? If you have time to kill I would suggest taking the trek up the stairs. It offers a good view of the city, not the best view in my opinion, and you can clearly see the Victor Emmanuele II had little man syndrome by getting up close with his statue. Inside is a museum where you can learn about the evolution of the Italian army from the days in which they ruled the world as Romans to the days when they beat up on Ethiopians and switched sides during world wars. Recommended if you have free time.

Not Recommended if you are in Rome for a short period of time. Just go to the front, take your picture, and see all the other glorious sites Rome has to offer.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Eye-catching site Oct 18, 2010
Located near the Roman Forum and on Piazza Venezia, the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II is a very famous site in the centre of Rome. Although the name probably doesn’t ring a bell to many, it is highly recognisable as it has a statue of Vittorio Emanuele II on horseback, and the Italian flag stands on each side. The monument also houses an eternal flame which was built underneath the statue after World War 1, as well as the tomb of the unknown solder.

As you approach the monument, bear in mind that you cannot sit on the steps. The steps are vigilantly guarded and a man with a whistle will promptly make you get back up if you sit down! After climbing the steps and admiring the statue, there is a museum inside the building. The contents are nice with some military items, but I didn’t find it appealing to hang around for long. The eternal flame is also guarded by two soldiers on either side and is very eye-catching.

While the monument is free, you can also take a lift ride towards the back of the building to enjoy the views more. There is a fee for this!
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Andy99 says:
Viva VERDI! :)
Posted on: Jan 07, 2011
adriadri adriadri
7 reviews
Monument to Vittorio Emmanuele II ... breath-taking!!! Sep 21, 2010

This monument took my breath away, I saw it at night for the first time and its....amazing!!!

I will never forget the first time I saw this building, it took my breath away, i was so amazed on its beauty!

I also saw it by day and its also breath taking, its so vast and perfectly made! U dont have to miss this one when visiting Rome!
wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 11, 2007
The National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II as known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II is a monument to honour Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. You probably had seen the movie "The Core" where it collapses due to being struck by huge bolts of lightning.
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Eric Eric
408 reviews
Mar 31, 2006
This gigantic limestone structure was built toward the end of the 20th century as a symbol of Italian unity. Ironically, it has also succeeded in unifying the residents of Rome, who almost universally revile its design. It is mockingly called the "giant wedding cake" or "giant typewriter" due to it's odd, layered architectural style. Recently however, there has been a movement toward greater appreciation for its architectural merits.I have to admit though, when I first saw it at night, I was pretty impressed because it is so monumental looking. Worth checking out if you are in the Piazza Venezia area, maybe before you work your way up Via Del Corso.
It looks more impressive at night,…
dansgirl1978 dansgirl…
64 reviews
May 13, 2004
This huge monument looks like a building but is in fact just a monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of a unified Italy. This structure is often called the "Wedding Cake" monument due to it's shape. Across the street from this is a pinecone drinking fountain, so if you are thirsty I advise drinking from it as the water was crisp and delicious!!
me in front of the "Wedding Cake" …
drinking from the pincone drinking…

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