In the southern part of the Piazza Venezia you can find the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II , built for the memory of the first king of the united Italy. Alternately known by locals as “the typewriter” or “the wedding cake” is one of the most controversial building in the eternal city. The eclectic structure, a neoclassical interpretation of the Roman Forum was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi and inaugurated in 1911. This majestic monument was built with white marble from Botticino in the province of Brescia. It is decorated with numerous statues, reliefs and fountains made by various Italian artists, the most prominent of them the colossal statue of Vittorio Emanuale II, ‘the father of the nation’ in the center. Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view from the top of the monument, easily accessible by a glass-walled elevator.