The Altar of the Fatherland: Inside the Restoration Site

The Thousand Stories of VIVE
- Sunday 10 September, 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, September 10
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 3 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. 

For information contact the education team by sending an email to:

*From June 15 to December 15, as stipulated in Decree Law No. 61 of June 1, 2023 and Decree Law No. 105 of August 10, 2023, the cost of admission tickets to state institutes and places of culture is increased by 1 euro. The measure is aimed at financing interventions for the protection and reconstruction of cultural heritage damaged by the floods that occurred in May in Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Marche.

To check whether you are entitled to free admission and for other information on concessions visit Ministero della Cultura.