The Quirinale Palace occupies the highest of Rome's fabled seven hills. It was originally built in 1574 by Pople Gregory XIII as a new papal palace, in a breezy spot away from the malaria-prone lower area of the Vatican. Its presence and status attracted other important noble families to construct palaces in the area, such as the Barberini, Corsini, and Ludovisi. The Quirinale was expanded and embellished through the years to become the largest palazzo in Rome.

After the fall of the Papal States in 1870, the palace was seized by the King of Italy and became the official royal residence. Following World War II and the abolition of the Italian monarchy, the splendid Quirinale Palace was selected as the official resident of the President of the Republic of Italy, which is remains today. It is the site of official receptions and governmental meetings.

The size and importance is reflecting in its splendor. There is a grand monumental staircase to welcome visitors, numerous noteworthy art collections, and magnificent enormous Murano glass chandeliers. There is an adjacent walled garden that is open to the public. The former stables across the street now hosts various art exhibitions.

As the official Presidential residence, the Quirinale is naturally guarded by a finely-dressed and expertly-trained military detail. You can watch the ceremonial changing of the guard in front of the palace every day. From October to June it is held at 3:15 pm; from June to September it takes place at 6:00 pm.

The public can tour the Palazzo del Quirinale every Sunday from 8.30 to 12.00, with the exception of the following days: January 3, April 4, April 25, May 2, May 30, October 31, December 12, December 19 , December 26. There is an entrance fee of EUR 5.00

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