Rome is home to more obelisks than any other city, a grand total of eighteen, including the world's largest.
The total breaks down into eight ancient Egyptian obelisks, five ancient Roman obelisks and five modern (19th & 20th century) obelisks.
The ancient Egyptian obelisks:
The ancient Roman obelisks:
The modern obelisks:
Villa Medici: 19th century copy of an obelisk dating back to the reign of Ramsses II (r. 1279-1213 BCE), which now stands in the Boboli Garden, Florence.
Villa Torlonia: Two obelisks created in 1842.
Foro Italico: Obelisk created from Cararra marble and dedicated to Benito Mussolini in 1932.
EUR: In Piazza Guglielmo Marconi stands an obelisk (1959) dedicated to the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), which was erected for the summer Olympics of 1960.
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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