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Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale), Rome

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Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale) is the official residence of the president of the Italian Republic. In the plaza, relax around Monte Cavallo Fountain, with its two statues of the giants Castor and Pollux. Inside the palace (during the rare times when it's open), take a self-guided tour through some lovely decorated rooms. Catch the changing of the guard if your schedule allows. In the monumental staircase hall, spot a fresco by Melozzo da Forli. From the garden, take advantage of the view of Rome from the hilltop vantage point. To visit Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale) and get the most from your holiday in Rome, create itinerary details personal to you using our Rome holiday planner.
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  • The name of this famous Palace comes from the Hill on which it was built, Quirinale, so called from the Temple of Romulus Quirino erected in 225 BC, opposite the present Church of Saint Andrew. On the piazza del Quirinale in 1589 were placed the two colossal groups of "Dioscuri with horses", from nearby baths of Constantine, but already known in the middle ages much to qualify the Hill even as Rosskopf. And so the Palace was for a time the name. The horses, however, separated under Pius VI to make way to the obelisk, then overall of the fountain in 1818 under the papacy of Pius VII of Cesena. The original building consisted of the mess in the mid 16th century, it was built by Cardinal Ippolito d'Este in the context of a vineyard that belonged to the powerful family of Carafa.Su a building smaller than this villa, which is at the foot of the Hill, Gregory XIII commissioned by Ottavio Mascherino the first building of the great Palace; was the 1583. And on that building there arose a loggia designed by Martino Longhi the elder, the so-called Tower of the Venti.Il Palace in the matte is the one located at the bottom of the current main courtyard on the left who enters, and is also known as Gregorian Building. Basically it's the base of the large Palace, from which the same Matte did develop two long bodies by reuniting with another building of the Villa d'Este overlooks via Pia. Two wings precede the main body marked by double loggia with five arcades; the two floors of the building were connected by a spiral staircase and many were the fresco decorations unfortunately lost. With the death of Gregory XIII the project of the matte you areno, but his successor Sixtus V proceeded decided the building when purchased with the property of the Este family and the Carafa in 1587 until 1590 the year of his death, engaged the architect Domenico Fontana in the expansion of the building who assumed grander proportions. The initial design of the matte was reworked and put in place a building on the via Pia, the current via XX Settembre, linking it to the original building with two wings of portici; there arose also a lodging for guarding Switzerland. And Sixtus V wanted to live right here, in what was meant to be, at a minimum, the summer residence of the Popes. In fact, the Palace was officially inhabited by Pope Clement VIII, who brought forward work with particular attention the gardens, considered a kind of outdoor living room of the building, almost an offshoot in the open air. But it was Paul V to complete the building and give it a trim substantially. First acquired other surrounding land and then entrusted to Flaminio Ponzio defining complex's perimeter. Arcade area was erected inside the grounds, sopraelevandone one part, where was built the concistory Hall; It was built the staircase double ramp and began construction of the building on via Pia aligned with the main body of the building. Downstairs, the Chapel of the manger, the prelates inhabitants in the area; and on the first floor the chapel of the Annunciation, used privately by the Pope and decorated with Guido Reni. Dead architect Pontius took over in the works Carlo Maderno who brought them forward to the end of the pontificate of Paul V in 1621. Was called the façade on the piazza with the great portal flanked by two columns on high plinths supporting the lintel on which is engraved the name of Paul V; the recumbent statues of Saints Peter and Paul are by Maderno. At the Center was the relief depicting the Madonna and child, which was then placed in the overhanging Lodge of Benedizioni.Il prospectus on two orders of architraved Windows on the ground floor and cellar Windows combined with below; those upstairs have a sleek triangular pediment. The Maderno also built the long building converged towards the façade overlooking via della Dataria, nicknamed the bakery and remade in the 18th century; is to be considered as a separate building. Qualified then in a sumptuous interiors with two rooms, the Cappella Paolina and the Sala Regia. Modelled on the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel has a long Chamber with Windows under the barrel vault that was decorated with stucco. Unfortunately remained unfulfilled the great fresco commissioned by Pope with Andrea Commodi. The chapel was then other neoclassical decorations under Pope Pius VII. The control room, now dei Corazzieri, assumed a more majestic through a series of interventions, from the frieze of Agostino Tassi to frescoes on the walls like the one depicting a simulated lodge with balustrades covered with rugs and scenes from the old testament, and those with Oriental features figures. Wherever heraldic coats of arms of the Borghese (the House of Paul V), because the whole thing was to exalt the power of the noble family of the Pope. The two adjoining rooms with a large double portal, where an opening alone is true, were joined by six other rooms designated as the boardrooms, virtue, the deluge, of the lodges, of Bussolanti and of the balcony. With urban VIII Bernini bother to give the building a more complete architectural trim outdoors. It was thus erected the Tower of guard as graft with the building of the Dataria and the Loggia on the façade of the blessings appeared in 1638. With Alexander VII came the so-called long sleeve; He was the first part of that very long body of buildings that, as an extension of the Palace was to grow to almost 400 meters along the via Pia. Innocent XIII in 1722 he built an other side and Clement XII in 1733 completed with Ferdinando Fuga who erected the building Terminal to ennoble the dull repetitiveness of Windows in series, only interrupted by portal to gardens. This building, known as Building number, is currently the private Office of the President of the Republic. Pope Benedict XIV ordered the construction of the Coffee House in the Park, where once the Este had erected a pavilion. After the French Revolution came the dark times for the Palace when the advent of Napoleon resulted in late eighteenth-century Jacobean, Rome with Pius VI prisoner in France, the devastation of the Palace by the French. It was then that disappeared many decorations. A few years later with Pius VII prisoner at Fontainebleau, Napoleon wanted to make an imperial residence and instead commissioned Raffaele Stern of changes and new decorations. Unfortunately the Stern divided into three halls the beautiful Gallery of Alexander VII, to place you in the middle one the Hall of Trono.Ma fortunately never came to Rome and not even Napoleon sat on the throne. Pius VII after the Congress of Vienna took possession of the territories of the Papal States and came to live at the Quirinale and was he to decorate the Cappella Paolina. Were these the last papal intervention on the building in which after the breach of Porta Pia, General La Marmora entered by forcing the doors, because curiously not longer keys taken away in haste by Pius IX who had holed up in the Vatican in protest against the Italian occupation. La Marmora took possession of it in the name of King Victor Emmanuel II who arrived for the first time on December 31, 1870. And the Palace became a royal residence with other accommodations within the building and new furniture delivered by regge of Turin, Colorno and Parma (the presidential desk in the study at the Window was stolen right from Colorno). The Savoy did destroy the frescoes on the vault of the rates and Gentileschi consistory Hall, which was transformed into a ballroom and back painted with an allegorical "triumph of Italy". But the Savoy also led numerous tapestries (exactly 238) from the 17th-century collections of Turin, Florence and Brussels. The Quirinale became the official residence of the Savoy family, while their host family was moved to Villa Ada, renamed Villa Savoia. no al world has been continuously inhabited as the Quirinale, in fact his tenants were 30 popes, monarchs of the Kingdom of Italy and 12 4 Presidents of Repubblica.Ai times of the Popes this Palace was the residence of the Pope in his capacity as sovereign in contrast with the Vatican that was the seat of the Pope, Bishop of Rome and head of Catholicism. In fact, the Quirinale Palace looks like entirely secular, almost no visible religious symbols and mostly devoid of a church open to the public. I personally think the Quirinale being the most beautiful building in the world, a thousand times more beautiful and elegant of the vaunted Chateau de Versailles, which certainly is bigger but in my opinion, thus, does not stand the comparison with Italian beauty and elegance of the Quirinale; the home of us Italians.
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  • I visited the Quirinal during my last visit to Rome. We had some problems with the reservation but once there and explained the problem to staff were most helpful in helping us and diligent in resolving the problem. We booked the tour complete, the artistic, historical and institutional framework and the visit was very nice, beautiful, also thanks to the expertise of our competent Guide and very prepared. An unforgettable visit that I recommend to everyone.
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  • This is not a very tourist Palace, but at least on the outside, it's nice. The best is the view from the square. At night it is more cute.
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  • This is a long way up the hill for what is a large but not very impressive Italian version of our White House. We wanted to arrive at 4 PM for the changing of the guard, but we had overestimated the time for the rest of our walking tour and didn't think it would be that impressive, having seen the grand ceremony in Ottawa, Canada. There is a grand statue in front – there are statues everywhere in Rome, it seems – and there is a good view from the balcony of the large open square, but there are better views elsewhere.
  • I love italy
  • A spectacular piazza with grand buildings
  • Quiet and non-touristy, we watched the changing of the guard.
  • Nice spot
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