It’s impossible to miss the white marble monument that dominates the corner where Via dei Fori Imperiali meets Piazza Venezia. Romans ironically compare it to everything from a wedding cake to a Victorian typewriter, because of its striking white color in a city mainly made of honey-gold tones.
Inaugurated in 1911, it symbolizes instead the achievement of Italian unity and celebrates the king Vittorio Emanuele II. Outside an eternal flame burns guarded by military, while inside you can find historical galleries and temporary exhibitions. For a panoramic view over the city, a glass lift whisks you to the Terrazza delle Quadrighe (Terrace of the Chariots).