Climbing the Vittoriano

Three years ago, it was sunny. I remember. It was sunny but it was also colder than it is now.

Three years ago, it was a Sunday. I remember.

I remember because he suggested that we climb the Vittoriano and take a look at Rome.

The monument goes by many names: Vittoriano, Vittorio Emmanuele II, Alatare della Patria, the Wedding Cake, the Typewriter.

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We paid the 7 euro and took an elevator to the very top. We stood below winged victory.

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He pointed out the sites with passion. Convincing me I should care about the Roman Forum. A pile of columns was once much more than ruins.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI had lived in Rome for 5 months. I wasn’t planning to stay. But that day he showed me a new side to the city.

And when we finished arguing about the location of our favorite spots, he suggested dinner and drinks.

Looking down del corsoWhat I mean to say by all of this, is: happy anniversary to a very special Irishman.

Vittorio Emmanuele II Monument
Summer: 09:30 – 19.30 (Fri & Sat until 23.30)
Winter: 09:30 – 18.30 (Fri, Sat & Sun 19.30)
Free Entry, but 7 Euro for Quadrigas Terrace for Panoramic views of the city



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