Piazza Venezia.

Piazza Venezia, a building of grandeur. 

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The piazza is dominated by the overpowering “Altare della Patria” (Altar of the Fatherland) a monument to honour Victor Emanuel II, unified Italy’s first king.   Lying at its foot and guarded by two soldiers is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

 nice to notice that both genders are represented here. 

nice to notice that both genders are represented here. 

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, built over 100 years ago, serves to honour and remember every soldier who lost his life during the First World War and who remains unidentified.

 Cool fresh drinkable water. 

Cool fresh drinkable water. 

 part of the detail on the base of the monument to Victorio Emmanuel 11. I've obscured part of the bow of a ship and gorgeous winged creature aboard. 

part of the detail on the base of the monument to Victorio Emmanuel 11. I've obscured part of the bow of a ship and gorgeous winged creature aboard. 

 Colonna Traiana and Church of Madonna dI Loretto   

Colonna Traiana and Church of Madonna dI Loretto   

 The base of this towering column (30m) houses the Tomb of the Emporer Trajan. A statue of him crowns the top of the column. Access via an internal staircase. 

The base of this towering column (30m) houses the Tomb of the Emporer Trajan. A statue of him crowns the top of the column. Access via an internal staircase. 

 The tower tells the story of his battles with Dacia, (the present day Romania). 

The tower tells the story of his battles with Dacia, (the present day Romania). 

 The story begins with the crossing of the Danube on a bridge of boats and ends with the deportation of the defeated Dacians. Between camp constructions, battles, sieges and speeches of the emperor to the troops, the figure of Trajan appears at least sixty times.

 piazza Venezia from the nearby park. 

piazza Venezia from the nearby park.