>Travel Pictures

Rome 2006

Piazza Venezia


At the Piazza Venezia is Italy's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, created after World War I. An imposing monument, it has many names: The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II), Altare della Patria (Altar of the Nation), "Il Vittoriano" to those with a serious mind, and the wedding cake or typewriter to those who are less enamored of its Imperial style.

It backs up to the Forum and is alongside the Capitoline Museum, so its location could hardly be more central, and the solemnity accorded to it by the uniformed guards is apparent. Smoking is forbidden on the premises - even though it is an outdoor monument - something that one very rarely sees in Italy!!

The statue of King Emmanuel, astride his noble steed, peers out over the whole of the city, flanked by examples of monumental nationalistic architecture.


from the steps you have a grand view of Trajan's Column and the churches of Santa Maria di Loreto and Sacro Nome di Maria

Rome 2006:

Main Rome 2006 Page - Pyramide - Baths - Circus Maximus - Colosseum - Forum - Trajan's Column - Piazza Venezia - Capitoline - Trevi Fountain - Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Pantheon - Navano - Spanish Steps - Sant Angelo - St. Peter's - Vatican - Life in Rome - Other

To the main Italy page
To the main Travel Pictures page