That statue of Vittorio Emanuele who was in Piazza San Marco – Curiosity

It was December 1878 when in Venice there was created a committee to commemorate King Vittorio Emanuele II, who died recently. To there followed a competition attended by many artists (a total of 48 sketches), and in the end was chosen the work of the Roman sculptor Ettore Ferrari. On 14 August 1880 the contract was signed, a deal that would see the work come to light in three years.

Before the final location on the Riva degli Schiavoni, a copy of the sculpture was arranged for the test in several places in the Square: in Piazza dei Leoncini, Piazzetta San Marco and near the Palazzo Ducale, from the side of the San Marco basin. However, the temporary placement of the monument was considered out of context and it was decided to install it in front of the luxury hotels in Riva degli Schiavoni, near the dock of the boat stop “San Zaccaria”, where you can see it today.

The monument was inaugurated on 1 May 1887, in the presence of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita di Savoia.

In 2011, in view of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the monument was restored.


Avvisiamo il pubblico che a seguito dell’ordinanza emessa dal Ministero della Salute di intesa con il Presidente della Regione Veneto sulle misure di contenimento e gestione dell’emergenza epidemiologica da COVID-19, tutti gli eventi in programma nella Regione Veneto dal 24 febbraio al 1 marzo sono annullati. Fino a tale date resteranno chiusi al pubblico quindi anche tutti i musei, le fondazioni, le biblioteche, i teatri e le sale concerto, sia pubblici che privati.


The public is warned that, following an order issued by the Ministry of Health together with the President of the Veneto Region regarding measures for the containment and management of the COVID-19 epidemic emergency, all events scheduled within the Veneto Region from 24th February to 1st March are cancelled. Until such dates, all museums, foundations and libraries, both public and private, shall also remain closed to the public.