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    • 4 days ago
    • PMM

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

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    • 1 month 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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    • 2 months ago
    • Mel

    Walked past here one hour ago knackered in this heat !

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    • 2 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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    • 4 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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    • 4 months ago
    • Valter Donato Machado

    Saudades da linda Roma!

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    • 5 months ago
    • Shelley

    Festa della Repubblica today, 2 June

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    • 5 months ago
    • bosika

    Giro d'Italia 2018.
    27/05/18 18.02

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    • 8 months ago
    • Gwynn H

    luebird, I wish I had seen that!

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    • 8 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    26feb18-- A Thank You to our host, AMAZING studio, for sponsoring this 'live cam' view of the Vittoriano and Piazza Venezia, magnificent.

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    • 8 months ago
    • bluebird

    Just when you think you've seen it all....... An SUV-type vehicle stopped on the south end of the circle. Someone inside the car got out and stood on top (!) of the wet car, and began waving his arms. Finally, the person got back in the vehicle and just left. It wasn't until 10 minutes later, when I saw a pedestrian cross the street and stand in the precise same spot, that I realized what happened. I wish I could have yelled, "Hey! You missed your ride!"

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    • 8 months ago
    • bluebird

    It snowed a bit in Rome over night. At 05:53 am, you could see the roads were slippery. One car went half-way around the circle and then decided to go the other way. A stark reminder of the crazy driving in Rome. Ha. I'm glad this cam had audio; I could hear the car horns.

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    • 8 months ago
    • Jetzen

    This is a much more revealing angle of the Piazza Venezia! Thanks to AMAZING Suite Rome for sponsoring this camera. 22nd of February, 2018 :-)

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    • 8 months ago
    • Nancy Morgan

    What happened to the sound??

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!

Cam on-line since: 05/29/2016