- Type: Landmarks
NileGuide Expert Says:
Piazza Venezia is perhaps the most central location in Rome with the Coliseum and Roman Forum to the right, the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica to the left (across the river) and Via del Corso straight ahead leading to Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.
- Beset on all sides by roads, the square is heavily congested with traffic. In the background, the Altare della Patria is dedicated to King Vittorio Emanuele. Romans refer to it as the 'wedding cake' or the 'typewriter' because of its shape and colour. Shortly after WW1, the body of the Unknown Soldier was brought here and placed in the centre of the steps of the Vittoriano. It has a permanent armed guard. Palazzo Venezia was built during the second half of the 15th c. and was where the Venetian ambassadors to Rome stayed. Later it became the residence of the Cardinal of the Basilica of St Mark.
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