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Panorama of Rome, Italy as Seen from Vatican City

Panorama of Rome, Italy as Seen from Vatican City

Rome is sometimes called “a capital of two states”, due to the fact that Vatican City is an independent state, completely within the city boundaries of Rome. Vatican City State is the smallest country in the world by both area and population but it is an independent state nevertheless. I took this photo from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City but Vatican City doesn’t appear in this picture at all.

The people of Rome seem to like brown and orangy tones very much and most house facades are painted in these colours.

The big white structure that stands out in this picture is the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland). It is also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (in English: National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or  simply “Il Vittoriano”. Victor Emmanuell II was the king who united Italy in the 19th century.

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