Vittorio Emanuele II monument, designed by Giuseppe Sacconi at the end of 19th century, is a monument to honour Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy. It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1935.
The colossal white marble structure has a huge equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel II and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. It also features majestic stairways, tall Corinthian columns and fountains.
Locals compare the monument to a wedding cake or a Victorian typewriter. It has been a controversial building since its construction for several reasons: destroying a large area of the Capitoline Hill; “too white”; “too large”; “too pompous” and so on. However, it is still a Rome landmark and receives many visitors.
The monument contains the tomb of the First World War’s unknown soldier; a museum of Italian Reunification; and a café.
You can get nice views of Rome from the monument for free, but for a fee you can take a lift to the very top the ‘Terrace of the Quadrigas’ where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views.
Summer: 09:30 – 19.30 (Fri & Sat until 23.30)
Winter: 09:30 – 18.30 (Fri, Sat & Sun 19.30)
tbc Euro for Quadrigas Terrace – for Panoramic views.
How to Get There
Metro : BLUE B Line : Colosseo: Turn right out of station and walk about 10 minutes up Via dei Fori Imperiali.
Many buses including 60, 40, 64, 117 go nearby.
(NOTE: Do not take the metro to Vittorio Emanuele stop as this is actually near to the Termini, well over a mile away.)