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On the Riva degli Schiavoni there is the monument dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II, king of Italy (1820-1878). Vittorio Emanuele II supported Cavour's policy, participated in the Second War of Independence and encouraged the enterprise of Giuseppe Garibaldi; due to his honest nature he is often remembered as "the Galantuomo King".

The bronze statue represents the King on horseback as he brandishes a sword high; the high red marble base has steps where there are two large representations. On the front there is a large statue representing free Venice and a lady, at whose feet there is a majestic winged lion and a plaque with the (positive) result of the plebiscite for the unity of Italy; in the back, another statue represents Venice in stocks under Austrian rule. On the sides of the pedestal there are two bronze bas-reliefs representing, respectively, the battle of Palestro, when the king pushed himself into the fray, and the king's entry into Venice, among the cheering crowd. Everything is delimited by a cast iron gate.

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