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The Wedding Cake

What is that?! It’s HUGE! Good question. Most locals have a love/hate relationship with this massive landmark that rises up over Piazza Venezia—and for good reason: Unfortunately, a historic neighborhood on Capitoline Hill was obliterated to make room for it. Oh, the double-edged sword of progress.

Il Vittoriano was built in 1885 and honors Italy’s first king (Vittorio Emanuele II) who succeeded in unifying the nation, and has secured its place as one of the newest and most opulent of Rome’s major landmarks. It also commemorates the unknown soldiers who gave their lives for Italy during major international conflicts. Whatever your take, it’s definitely a must see—or maybe a can't miss would be a better way to describe it.

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*If you do decide to scale the steps, you'll find a free museum dedicated to the unification of Italy, an (unfortunately not free) elevator that takes you up to the top of the monument for a 360 degree view, and a restaurant/café where you can grab a bite to eat.

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