"A wedding cake or a giant typewriter, Rome has yet to make up its mind about the enormous Il Vittoriana monument that dominates Piazza Venezia, but it does show what plenty of public money and a lot of white marble can achieve. It is said that all roads in Rome lead to Piazza Venezia which accounts for its heavy traffic, but it is lined with magnificent sights. Il Vittoriana, or Altar of the Fatherland, is dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a united Italy and stands in stark contrast to the Roman ruins it looks down on. The views from its top though are magnificent. Enjoy a coffee in its rooftop cafe and then head across the square to browse the collections of decorative arts in the early Renaissance Palazzo Venezia, after which the square is named. Now it's time to enjoy a stroll down the Via dei Fori towards the Colosseum taking in the Roman Forum laid out on either side. Try and block out the crowds around you and recreate in your mind the civic buildings and palatial homes that stood here, looked down on by the truly enormous Colosseum. At its peak, it held a noisy audience of 50,000 enjoying its bloodthirsty events."