Columns on Vittorio Emanuele II Monument in Rome, Italy

Roman architecture on the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument in Rome, Italy

Piazza Venezia is one of the busiest intersections in Rome, Italy, and if you’ve explored the main attractions in Rome, you have probably come across it on several occasions. Dominating this busy piazza is the enormous Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, built in the early 20th century and mostly hated by the local Romans. Although this huge building doesn’t seem to have any real purpose besides being a monument, I found the architecture and pure size to be quite impressive.

I took this photo about half way up the monument after walking up the first few flights of stairs. They have really focused on the Roman style of architecture, and to me, nothing describes this better than the typical columns that you can see in this photo. When I ever I see architecture like this, I automatically think Roman or Ancient Greek.

The Vittorio Emanule II Monument is free to enter apart from the very top, and it leads from Piazza Venezia to Capitoline Hill, so it is definitely worth exploring if you are in Rome.


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  • sheridan victoria hale Dec 9, 2012

    We in Rome call it also the Wedding Cake or the Typewriter! People say they hate it, but about 20 years ago they were talking about knocking it down and there was an enormous uprising! So !

    • Dean Wickham Dec 9, 2012

      Yes I remember the receptionist at my hotel referring to it as the Wedding Cake. Thanks for reminding me! It’s funny how a hated building like this can end up becoming an icon of the city, so much so that it’s residents want to keep it 🙂 It is an impressive building. Cheers
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