Officially known as Il Vittoriano, locals derisively refer to it as the Wedding Cake or the Typewriter.

Designed in 1895 and completed in 1935, it is a monument to King Victor Emanuele, the unifier of Italy. Despite its ancient heritage, Italy is a young country and was first unified in 1870. The flame in the center with the military guard marks Italy's tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The building was reopened to the public in 2000, following a $4.5 million, 3-year restoration.

Between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill sits one of the best-preserved monuments of ancient Rome, the Arch of Constantine is the largest of three that still stand today.

Built by Constantine to celebrate his victory over his rival Maxentius in 312, the triple arch is on the road taken by the triumphal processions. The arches are built using recycled remains of older Roman monuments, and using various construction techniques, which some theories argue might be indicative of several periods of construction.

The enchanting thousand-year-old abbey of San Fruttuoso occupies a picturesque little bay at the southern foot of Monte di Portofino. The only way to get there is on foot or by boat, dozens of which shuttle backwards and forwards from almost every harbor along the coast.

On summer weekends, both the tiny harbor and the church may be uncomfortably crowded. Out of season, however (or at twilight, courtesy of the occasional night cruises), San Fruttuoso is peaceful and an excellent place for relaxing.