Altar of the Fatherland: the restoration work

Work will begin on 28 March 2023, the first stage of a project to enhance the value of the central area of the Vittoriano

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Restoration work

Work is beginning on the restoration of the Altar of the Fatherland, the central area of the Vittoriano, conceived by the architect Giuseppe Sacconi as a large secular altar to the Nation and its values, and decorated by the Brescian sculptor Angelo Zanelli. 

The Altar is now poorly visible and its state in some respects is critical. The restoration work, directed by Edith Gabrielli and executed by Susanna Sarmati, has among its main objectives to ensure the material preservation of the work and restore full enjoyment of Zanelli's sculptures.


The organisation of the work in three phases will ensure the service of the Guard of Honour at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the performance of the ceremonies on 25 April and 2 June. 

This will be an open construction site, capable among other things of attesting to Italian excellence in the field of artistic restoration. Citizens and tourists will be able to observe the operators live and climb on the scaffolding in guided tours. An online Diary of restoration will document the progress of the work weekly.

Altar of the Fatherland: the Diary of the restoration
A digital restoration Diary, from March to October 2023, will follow all the phases of the restoration of the Altar of the Fatherland with images, videos and interviews offering insights.