Planning to explore the city of Rome during your next vacation? Located in between Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill is the famous and controversial Il Vittoriano; also known as the Altar of the Fatherland. Completed in 1925, this huge white marble building was built in honour of the first king of a unified Italy – Victor Emmanuel II.
The building has a huge flight of stairs which lead to a big colonnade. To the right and left of the main entrance are two fountains that represent the two seas that border Italy. By climbing to the top, you will have a 360 degrees view of Rome that will be imprinted in your memory for life.
Il Vittoriano has been said to resemble a typewriter or wedding cake because of its white colour and its crowded nature. The Romans themselves are not particularly fond of this large monument.
Explore Il Vittoriano area in Rome
Looking for interesting things to do and see in Il Vittoriano area? In short walking distance, north east from the “wedding cake”, is the Trajan Forum. This Forum, built in 106 AD, was one of the grandest architectural wonders of the world. Here you will see a lot of history including the Trajan Column and remainder of the Trajan markets. By having a vivid imagination, you may be able to picture the life of the Roman Empire.
Another Forum that is particularly close to the Vittoriano is the Roman Forum– only 300m away south east. Although this popular tourist attraction may look disorderly, it is in fact a place of great historic importance. It is the ideal place to admire the many basilicas, temples and triumphal arches.
Next place we suggest you visit is an iconic symbol of Rome – the Pantheon. This age-old Roman temple is to the north east of the Vittoriano about 600 meters away. Known as the temple of Gods, there is a lot to appreciate here including the oculus, the impressive dome and its interior marble floor. Entry is free and the Pantheon is open daily from 8:30 am till 7:30 pm. Watch our special video guide to learn more about the Pantheon.