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    • 2 months ago
    • Jetzen

    Buon Anno, First Day of 2019! 5:15am..... Sirens and Fireworks!

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    • 2 months ago
    • Patti

    Happy Christmas to all Skyline users, and one more year to continue showing beautiful images making us dream for each corner of our planet and enjoy it. Thanks Skyline webcams! And best wishes to all!

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    • 2 months ago
    • Rudi

    Yes; thanks too.....Well, then light up the Christmas tree. Merry Christmas Rome!!!!

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    • 2 months ago
    • bosika

    Thank you Rudi! You are nice!
    23/12/18 17.24

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    • 2 months ago
    • Rudi

    Any soldier has an accident .... read in Google .... so the buses that blocked the piazza are not the reason !!!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

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    • 2 months ago
    • bosika

    I wonder what happened?
    21/12/18 21.50

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    • 2 months ago
    • PATRICK MURPHY

    why are the flags at half mast today

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    • 2 months ago
    • Rudi

    Sweet....the cars must be waiting!!!!! SWEET!!!!

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    • 2 months ago
    • Rudi

    Such a beautiful Christmas tree in Rome !!!!

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    • 2 months ago
    • Rudi

    Beautiful Christmas-Tree!!!

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    • 2 months ago
    • bosika

    For some reason I missed the date. :(
    08/12/18 19.30

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    • 2 months ago
    • bosika

    The Rome's tree is lit.

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    • 2 months ago
    • bosika

    The Rome's tree is lit.

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    • 3 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    26nov18--Altare della Patria, from this feeds title in English : "Altar of the Fatherland", is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy. One of the ceremonies held here is Armed Forces Day - Italian: "Giornata dell'Unità Nazionale e delle Forze Armate" - November 4th. EnJoy EnJoy Great uploads into 'photos' for that day, eye candy!

Piazza Venezia, Altare della Patria - Rome

The colossal, 81 meter high, Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) as it is commonly referred to, also known as the Vittoriano or National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II stands proudly in Rome’s Piazza Venezia on the Capitoline, one of the city’s legendary 7 hills (where - as the tale recounts - Rome was originally founded).

Between 1884 and 1889 a massive demolition operation began, historic streets disappeared and entire quarters were razed to the ground to make room for the new landmark, needless to say the decision was highly criticized. The first stone was laid in 1885 by Umberto I of Savoia son of Italy’s first King, Victor Emmanuel II, in memory of which the Vittoriano was built. The monumental structure was inaugurated in 1911 during the Turin International Exposition, although it was only officially completed in 1935.

The project, by Architect Giuseppe Sacconi, was intentionally loaded with highly symbolic patriotic details clearly referencing the nation’s recent unification. Two fountains, representing the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Adriatic Sea, symmetrically appear on the sides of the Altare della Patria while an equestrian statue of King Victor Emmanuel II stands upon a marble base meticulously engraved with symbolic personifications of 14 cities, the “noble mothers” of the Italian Risorgimento. In 1921 the tomb of Milite Ignoto (an unknown, unrecognizable Italian solider) was positioned at the very center of the Vittoriano, in memory of the lives lost during World War I; the sepulcher is  continuously watched over by military guards and two eternal flames. In between the equestrian statue and Milite Ignoto, a sculpture of the deity Rome, indicating the centrality of the capital city, rises in front of a golden mosaic backdrop. Furthermore, a portico, sustained by 16 columns (each representing one of the Italian regions existing at the time), emerges on the upper level; 16 different artists, all native to one of the regions, were called upon to sculpt allegorical personifications, 5 meter statues located on the cornice in correspondence to the columns,  flaunting distinctive regional details. Sculptural groups decorate the façade symbolizing action, thought, power, law, sacrifice and unity. Not one detail was improvised, every single decorative element was loaded with profound meaning.

In 2007, two elevators were installed allowing access to the terrace offering visitors breathtaking panoramic views of Rome.

Piazza Venezia and the Altare della Patria are certainly two must-sees, can’t wait? Tune into our live cam in Rome, we’ll take you there now!

Fun facts

The Vittoriano’s odd shape led Romans to sarcastically nickname it “the typewriter”! Did you know that the Altare della Patria is the only historically relevant monument in Rome that wasn’t built with local travertine stone, but with corpse-white marble from Botticino in Brescia? Curiously, when construction work began a celebratory “good luck” refreshment was served for over 20 people. Wondering where? Inside the bronze horse’s belly!

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