One of the things I love about Rome is there are many attractions that do not require an entrance fee. These attractions are not the type to be shrugged off either, as they are part of Rome’s rich culture and history. One of these attractions is the Victor Emmanuel Monument, a.k.a. Altare della Patria, or to the locals, simply Vittoriano.
It was built in 1861 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Italy’s unification. A statue of Italy’s first king on a horse stands at the second level of the monument. It is the biggest statue in the equestrian world.