Saturday was a sometimes rainy day. John dodged the umbrellas and took a walk up to  the Vittoriano, also known as Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland). It is a controversial monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. Inaugurated in 1885, it was completed in 1925.

(It’s the big white monument with the horses on top that you can see from all over Rome.)

Here are some photos (quite triumphal – over the top – and patriarchal, if you ask me – nobody asked):

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