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Love it or loathe it (as many Romans do), you can't ignore the Vittoriano (aka the Altare della Patria, Altar of the Fatherland), the massive mountain of white marble that towers over Piazza Venezia. Begun in 1885 to honour Italy's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II – who's immortalised in its vast equestrian statue – it incorporates the Museo Centrale del Risorgimento, a small museum documenting Italy's history from the late 18th century to WWI, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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