Piazza Venezia & Altare della Patria

Piazza Venezia and Altare della Patria, only a ten minute walk from Colosseo so off we went. En route we passed the Roman ruins in the main areas of the city.

Sounds simple, but it was not. When is it ever?  The clouds opened up and decided to down pour right as we began walking. Thinking to hop on a quick train we ran to the station which is literally outside of the Colosseo. Realising extremely fast that this wasn’t going to work due to the pile on of people that was continuously growing on the inside of the station, we decided to grit our teeth and walk. If you have never been to Italy before; think of Black Friday (x10) in the most popular store. Italians do not care. (I am Italian so therefore I can bash them for this!!!).

Well what can I say; I’m speechless at the beauty that oozes from this architecture; nothing like what I had anticipated or expected. The Altare della Patria is stunning and even in the rain; it glistens. This building was built for the first King of (a unified) Italy and was completed in 1935. Not and old monument but it does represent many Roman features such as the stairways, columns and fountains. Even the horses and goddesses. Held here are some iconic events on important dates such as; Liberation Day, Republic Day and Armed Forces Day. Probably a spectacle you don’t want to miss as the Italian President along side over high government officials come here to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty. There is a statue named “Unknown Soldier” in which wrieths are laid. Although the building is known as being too large, I personally love it and only wish we had had more time so that we could visit the interior. Make sure to catch a glimpse of this whilst you’re wandering Rome.

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