Well, I know LingQ has much more important priorities, but may I placidly suggest four italian landmarks for the Italian Avatar? I forgive the LingQ team for this rather long delay, because when it comes to Italy, there are so many wonders, so many monuments, so much history that one gets lost. I mean, Rome has almost 3000 years of history, and things definitely happen in 3000 years. Confronted with the same difficulty, I decided to restrict my chronological range to the years between 1861 and the present. In these 150 years, Italy has been one independent country, whereas between the fall of the Roman Empire and 1861 it was either divided in an infinity of little sovereign states or at the mercy of foreign powers. Sure, many marvellous monuments date back to earlier than 1861 (St. Peter in Rome, St. Mark in Venice, the Duomo of Milan - and that’s only churches), and it really hurts me to leave them out, because I visited many of them (all the afore mentioned churches for instance) and found them glorious. Unless an exclusive 1280x800px Italian Avatar is made, there is no way to cram all these monuments in. United Italy has had bad days, no doubt (think of Fascism or, more recently, xenophobic movements), but it has left a pretty good legacy already, despite its young age. Here are the monuments I suggest, and they cover all Italy, from the north (which admittedly has more landmarks dating from 1861 onwards), to the center and the south.
Altare della Patria (Rome): also known as the “Typewriter”, this monument was built to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of unification. I find it majestic. Victor Emmanuel II Monument - Wikipedia
Grattacielo Pirelli (Milan): the tallest building in Italy. A symbol of the economic boom that Italy experienced after the second world war. It even inspired the MetLife building in New York. It is the masterpiece of Italian Rationalism. Even the “Milanesi” love it, and that is quite an achievement Grattacielo Pirelli - Wikipedia
Mole Antonelliana (Turin): The symbol of Turin, first capital of The Kingdom of Italy. It was built soon after 1861 as a synagogue, although at present it houses the National Museum of Cinema. It is believed to be the tallest museum in the world. Mole Antonelliana - Wikipedia
Stadio San Nicola (Bari): the local stadium of my hometown. A testament to the passion surrounding football in Italy. It was designed by no less famous an architect than Renzo Piano, in occasion of the 1990 World Cup. In Bari, people refer to it as “The Spaceship” Stadio San Nicola - Wikipedia
PS: Maybe, if we add “Old Italian” as a Beta language, then we can consider all the other fantastic landmarks Italy is known for.