Perhaps not the most popular monument in Rome, Victor Emmanuel has been nicknamed the ‘typewriter’ and ‘wedding cake’ by the Romans. It dominates the Piazza Venezia and you are sure to see and be amazed by the size of it. Construction was started in 1885 and the northern slope of the capitoline hill was cleared to make way for the monument with Roman ruins and medieval churches destroyed in the process. Hence the controversy.
It’s well worth a visit to the top to take in the amazing views. Also note the tomb of the unknown soldier which is guarded by two sentries of honor and the enormous statue of a rider and horse in the centre. Rumour has it that during construction the bottom half hosted a banquet for 30 people … Romans, got to love their style.