The towering monument to King Umberto I (r. 1878-1900), which stands in Villa Borghese, was designed and partly created by the sculptor Davide Calandra (1856-1916). After his death, in 1916, work on the monument was continued by Edoardo Rubino. It was finally unveiled to the public in 1926.
Umberto I was the second king of Italy. He was assassinated in Monza on July 29th, 1900, by the Italian-American anarchist Gaetano Bresci.
Umberto I is interred in the Pantheon with his father King Vittorio Emanuele II (r. 1861-78).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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