The Altar of the Fatherland: Inside the Restoration Site

The Thousand Stories of VIVE
- Sunday 23 April, 11 a.m.

The visit offers a unique opportunity: to enter the restoration site of the Altar of the Fatherland. The Altar of the Fatherland is the central part – curvilinear in shape – of the Vittoriano, the heart of the monument. Designed by the architect Giuseppe Sacconi as a great votive altar to the nation and its ideals, since 1921 it has housed one of the most sacred memories of the country's history, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Its decoration, carved by the Brescian sculptor Angelo Zanelli, presents the Goddess Roma at the centre and at the sides two reliefs depicting Love of the Fatherland and Work, by the Brescian sculptor Angelo Zanelli. In this way the participants will be able to hear from the restorers' voice how an artwork can be rescued and restored to view.

WHEN: Sunday, April 23
TIME: 11 a.m. 
WHERE: Vittoriano
MEETING POINT:Vittoriano entrance, Ara Coeli side

Information and reservations

This tour costs 5 euros. The cost of the visit is in addition to the admission charge to VIVE. 

Up to 18 years old admission is free and between 18 and 25 years costs only 2 euros.

To take part in the tour, book and buy your ticket at least 2 days in advance by clicking here

Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start of your visit at the meeting point. 

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