This is the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, smack dab on the most dangerous intersection in Rome. (There used to be a policeman directing cars from a small platform in the center, but no longer. Probably because no one paid any attention to him at all.) The monument, almost universally hated by Romans, is officially known as the Altare della Patria. But among the citizens, it's disdainfully referred to as "The Typewriter" or "The Dentures."