Il Vittoriano in Rome
Il Vittoriano in Rome | photo by Fczarnowski via Wikimedia Commons

Complesso del Vittoriano


Good To Know

Exhibitions of international stature
Take the panoramic elevator to the roof for spectacular views of the city

Complesso del Vittoriano (Vittoriano Museum Complex) is an exhibition space in the eastern wing of Il Vittoriano, the monument built for Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of Italy. It regularly hosts exhibitions of international stature.

Il Vittoriano celebrates the Father of the Nation and the unification of Italy in 1861, and is intended as a space open to the public. It was inaugurated in 1911 by Vittorio Emanuele III at the fiftieth anniversary of united Italy.

The monument is known under different names, like Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) and Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II), but also under more informal and descriptive names like the typewriter and the wedding cake.

It is located at the large Piazza Venezia, only short walk from the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. A panoramic elevator takes you to the roof of the monument, offering great views of the city. Inside the monument there is the museum of Italian Unification.

Practical Information

Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy
+39 06 678 0664
Opening Times

Complesso del Vittoriano is opened only during exhibitions

Monday 09:30 - 19:30
Tuesday 09:30 - 19:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 19:30
Thursday 09:30 - 19:30
Friday 09:30 - 22:00
Saturday 09:30 - 22:00
Sunday 09:30 - 20:30

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