The “Altar of the Fatherland” is one of the most important buildings of the neo-Roman era and it is dedicated to the first king of the unified Italy, Victor Emmanuel. Altare Della Patria is not only visible from many locations in the city, but also from the plane(!), which reveals that it is the largest and most imposing structure in Rome. Inside it, what stand out are the big statues, the huge spaces and the museum of Italian Unification (small entrance fee). But the spot that attracts thousands of visitors like a magnet is its terrace. From there, you can admire the most prominent monuments of Rome, paying a hefty price for the elevator*. The view from the top might not be that exciting, yet it still is a pleasant, alternative experience worth living. Finally, in front of the Altar you will find the bustling Piazza Venezia, a square full of life and colors, thanks to the slew of flowers that decorate its center.
Suggested visit time: 1-1.5 hours
Open: Every day 09:00-17:0
Cost: Altare Della Patria: Free *Terrace: 7€
The know-it-all says: When the statue of Victor Emmanuel II was completed, 12 workers dined inside the horse’s belly!