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The tomb is guarded by 2 Italian soldiers and an eternal flame and resides just below the magnificent equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuel the first king of a united Italy. The beautiful sculpture, done by Alberto Sparapani, was dedicated in 1924 and served to originally honor all those Italian soldiers who died and whose remains were never identified or recovered during the First World War. Inside the Vittorio Emanuel monument is the sarcophagus of the unknown soldier and a small alter.

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