The monument was completed in 1925 taking just over ten years to complete, and holds the tomb of the unknown soldier (which we learned on our bus tour). With a military connection this made more sense why there were soldiers standing guard at the top of the stairs all day. We didn’t get to walk up the stairs for a closer look as the gates were closed every time we passed since it tended to be later in the day. There’s always next time!
Altare della Patria (alter of the fatherland) or more commonly known as Il Vitiriano is one of the newer buildings/monuments in Rome. Some say it looks really out of place surrounded by ruins and it being so white and pristine, but I thought it was beautiful and loved the statues dotted all around it.