The Quirinale PalaceYou have reached the official residence of the President of Italy. The palace is located on Palazzo del Quirinale atop the highest hill in Rome. Built in 1573 by Pope Gregory XIII, it served as a summer palace for the Popes. Ceremonies took place here, especially those known as “Conclaves.” the election ceremonies of a new pope in the Catholic Church.
In 1870, when the Papal State was conquered, it became the official residence of the kings of Italy. Although they didn’t actually live there, the royal offices were located in the palace. With the abolition of the monarchy in 1948, the palace became the residence of the President.
On Sundays you can enter the palace and see the frescoes of the Baroque artist Pietro da Cortona in one of the palace galleries.
The place is guarded by soldiers. There is a Change of the Guard ceremony at 4:00 pm, where the soldiers march to the sound of a military band.
The Quirinale MuseumThe gallery Scuderie del Quirinale was built at Quirinale Square, beside the Quirinale Palace. This complex contains two floors where the works of great and world-renowned artists are displayed. In contrast to other museums and galleries, the exhibits here are planned three years in advance, ensuring their quality. Impressive events are held here as well.
One of the most spectacular displays which stood here was the 2006 of Antonello Da Messina. Another was the Spring retrospective, which covered the works of Giovanni Bellini.
Piazza del QuirinaleThe square where these buildings are located is called the Piazza del Quirinale. Another palace at the square is Palazzo della Consulta, home to the Supreme Court of the Italian Republic.
At the corner of the piazza is an exhibition space, Scuderie del Quirinale.
A large fountain from the 19th century stands at the palazzo. It depicts the twins from the thousands of horses from the Greek mythology - Castor and Pollux. At the center of the fountain is an obelisk brought here from the tomb of Augustus.
TipsIt is worth going with the children to the Change of the Guard ceremony at the President's Palace. It takes place daily at 3:00 pm. It was a little early to get there, to get a good spot for observation.