My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Monday, February 20, 2006

Rome IX



Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II or Altare della Patria occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. The monument was designed and built by Giuseppe Sacconi between 1895 and 1911 to honour Vittorio Emanuele II , the first king of unified Italy.

The monument is built of pure white marble and features majestic stairways, tall corinthian columns, fountains and a huge equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II.
The monument is controversial. Its construction destroyed a large area of Capitoline Hill housing a Medieval neighbourhood. The building itself is often regarded as pompous and too large. Anyway...

Besides, we went to see the catacombes on Via Appia Antica, the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Campo de'Fiori, the Pantheon... It was just fantastic!

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