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    • 1 day ago
    • Rudi

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

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    • 2 days ago
    • Rudi

    Such a beautiful Christmas tree in Rome !!!!

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    • 3 days ago
    • Rudi

    Beautiful Christmas-Tree!!!

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    • 1 week ago
    • bosika

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

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    • 1 week ago
    • bosika

    The Rome's tree is lit.

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    • 1 week ago
    • bosika

    The Rome's tree is lit.

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    • 3 weeks 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!

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    • 1 month ago
    • James McIntosh

    Getting ready for ceremony in square. Lines of troops ,horses and people in white robes.

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    • 2 months ago
    • PMM

    19.10.10 9pm dark, and a couple of cars driving without lights on!

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    • 3 months ago
    • GM

    No one yields to an AMBULANCE with lights flashing and siren blaring moments before -- not even a city bus! And I thot American drivers were bad!

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    • 3 months ago
    • Mel

    Walked past here one hour ago knackered in this heat !

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    • 4 months ago
    • Márcia Marquezini

    GENOVA - Our feelings to all Italians, it was a tragedy, it serves as an alert for the whole world, "Keep the bridges in maintenance", receive our condolences, feel embraced by us Brazilians - Greetings - BRAZIL.

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    • 6 months ago
    • Jetzen

    Five minutes past 5:00am, and a large flock of seagulls has gathered on the center parkway in what--for a brief period--took on the appearance of a feeding frenzy... a stark contrast to the lovely morning serenade of avian voices at this same moment at the Colosseum!

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    • 6 months ago
    • Valter Donato Machado

    Saudades da linda Roma!

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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