The Vittorio Emanuele Monument in Piazza Venezia was erected to commemorate the unification of Italy and to honour the first king, Vittorio Emanuele, who was annointed in 1862.
The unification covered all regions although initially Venetia was held by the Austrians until 1871. The Vatican still remains outside the union.
The monument is Romes most flaboyant landmark. It was built in the late 1800’s and is often described as the wedding cake or typewriter.
You must go to the top of the monument (7 Euro) to see the spectacular views over Roma
Looking down Via Corso to Piazza dei Popolo from the top of the monument
And from the other side of the Vittorio Emanuele monument viewing platform toward to Roman Forum
Note St Peters top left in this photo and the Pantheon (round dome centre right). The Pantheon was a pagan temple which preceded christianity in Rome
On top of each side of the monument are statues representing liberty and unity.
and finally the truth comes out………yes we are tourists