Several buildings dominate the skyline of Piazza de Venezia but only one stands out above the rest. Many consider that this imposing monument does not paint anything in this part of Rome and that it clashes with the surroundings.
That is why it has received a lot of criticism. Perhaps they are right, but the truth is that the Vittoriano, as the Monument to Victor Manuel II is also known, is a colossal monument that leaves no one indifferent.
It was built in 1911 to pay homage to the first king of Italy after unification.
The Monument to Victor Emmanuel II
It is the main monument found in Piazza de Venezia and was conceived in a time of great exaltation of the Italian homeland.
The spectacular building is 135 meters wide and 70 meters high and everything in it is large.
It is formed by numerous Corinthian columns that are in the highest part that is accessed thanks to endless stairs.
In its center is the equestrian sculpture of Victor Manuel II made in bronze and on the Corinthian columns there are two enormous chariots, a place that can be accessed thanks to some elevators that take you to the panoramic terrace. From this place you can enjoy wonderful views of the city.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier typical of these patriotic monuments is also here. Since 1921 there is a tomb with an unidentified soldier always guarded by two soldiers and with two cauldrons with a flame always on.
Also in the monument, this time at its base, we find the Risorgimento Museum, dedicated to the history of the unification of Italy and to Garibaldi. If you do not know the subject or you are not an amateur, it will not be of much interest to you.
The Palace of Venice
Another spectacular building but overshadowed by the majesty of the great white marble monument.
It is the Palace of Venice, the first Renaissance palace that was built in Rome.
It was built in the 15th century by Pietro Barbo, the Cardinal of Venice who later became Pope and who moved the papal residence there. It was also the official residence of Mussolini, and the speeches he gave from his balconies were well known.
In it we can also find a museum, the Museo Nazionale.
The nerve center of Rome
It can be said that Piazza de Venezia is the nerve center of Rome. Almost all major bus lines serve it and some of the city’s main streets depart from it. From there starts the Via de los Foros Imperiales that takes you to the Colosseum passing through the Forum of Rome.
Next to it we also have the Piazza del Campidoglio and the Marcello Theater as well as the street that takes you to the Mouth of Truth.
Right in front of the Monument of Victor Emmanuel II starts the Vía del Corso, one of the main shopping streets. On both sides of this street we find the vast majority of important monuments in Rome.