Castel dell'Ovo in Naples, fortress & former royal residence

Il Vittoriano or the Altare della Patria
Rome's majestic and controversial landmark

Rome/Italy (2018) –  Not all the Romans are happy with it but they are certainly proud of it. Some call it respectless "The typewriter" or "Wedding cake" because of its shape but most of them see it as what it is, a tribute to Victor Emmanuel II, Italy's first King after the country's unification – "Il Vittoriano". Rome's controversial monument at the Piazza Venezia can't be overlooked, is way too big to be ignored and absolutely too majestic to not be in awe. Critics say it wouldn't "blend in" with the rest of Rome and they are probably right, it's made of white Botticino marble and most likely indented to stand out. The "Altare della Patria" (Altar of the Fatherland), how the Romans also call this landmark, was built between 1885 and 1911 to celebrate the magnificence of Italy's capital and to commemorate the unification of the country into a single nation. It's a focal point in any Rome tour and one of Rome's great photo hot spots. 196 white marble steps lead from the black heavy metal iron up to the top to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. By the way: it is absolutely forbidden to sit on the steps. Two guards on both side of the Tomb, who are not supposed to look at each other, are watching over the Altar of the Fatherland. The top is crowned with the bronze sculpture of Victor Emmanuel on his gigantic horse (10 by 12 m/33 by 40 ft).  
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