Piazza Venezia Rome the Wedding Cake

So many spectacular and beautiful pictures of Rome during the day and night have been taken from the steps of the Piazza Venezia at the foot of the Capitoline Hill. This is a rare piazza that is actually square as most of them were intended to be. Art often gets in the way of nice careful geometric shapes. The massive statue in the middle of the square is of King Victor Emmanuel II who was the first king of a unified Italy in 1871. Any view of Rome from the steps will almost certainly include the statue.

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The monument that generates so many disparate opinions is to the south of the piazza. It includes the statue and the altar. Its construction began in 1885 and ended in 1905, although its official inauguration was only in 1911 when the statue was set down in the presence of the king. The chariots have winged Victories as riders. The designer was Giuseppe Sacconi. The immense size of the structure pushes everything aside and is meant to impress you. one of the disputes about this monument is that it blocks out the view of a beautiful building to the right some of the scuplting done by Michelangelo. To its left is the Risorgimento museum dedicated to the people, images and tales of the movement leading to the unification of Italy in 1871, while on the other side is the neo-gothic Palazzo della Assicurazione Generale di Venezia. Popular opinions either describe this as the wedding cake or a typewriter.

The infamous Roman wedding cake

The history of Rome is so old that to build any major dedicatory monument, one is often required to move or destroy many others. In this case, convents and public buildings were either torn down or moved to a nearby location. During the 1850s and 1860s, Victor Emmanuel II, the King of Sardinia strove to unify the Italian peninsula under one banner. He succeeded in 1871. Giuseppe Garibaldi aided him. The whole monumental piece is called the Altare della Patria or Altar of the Fatherland, and following the end of the First World War, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was placed here as well in 1921.

The building from which mussolini made speechs and is now a museam

The name Venezia is from the Palazzo Venezia, which is on the piazzas western side, built by pope Paul II in 1455 around the church of San Marco that was the home of visiting Venetian ambassadors, while he used it as a summer residence. Its XXth renown comes from the speeches that Benito Mussolini, El Duce, gave to rapturous crowds from its first floor balcony. This building is now a museum and called Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia.

Where the man who loved building himself monuments mother died.Close by on the Via del Corso is the Palazzo Bonaparte where Napoleon Bonaparte's mother stayed after the fall of the French empire in 1815. If you departed the area on the left side, you will the ruins of some wonderful examples of Ancient Roman housing called insulae, because they were small, high and cramped that made you feel as if you were in a closed-off world.

If you walk down the Via del Corso from the Piazza del Popolo, you will arrive at the northern side of the Piazza Venezia with its massive convergence of traffic. The piazza is so recognizable from its lonely traffic policeman trying to direct Roman drivers that has been endlessly immortalized in hundreds of films by dozens of famous directors, such Fellini.

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