Open to the public every Sunday from 8:30 to 12:00, except on
- 16, 23 and 30 December 2012;
- 6 January, 2013;
- 31 March, 2013;
- 26 May, 2013;
- 2 June, 2013;
- 3 November, 2013;
- 8, 22 and 29 December, 2013;
- from Sunday, 23 June to Sunday, 8 September, 2013.
Changing of the Guard of Honour
- 1 October-2 June: weekdays: 15:15 - Sundays and Holidays: 16:00;
- 3 June - 30 September: daily at 18:00;
- On August: the changing of the guard takes place inside the building and is not visible from the outside.
PLEASE NOTE: Quirinal gardens can be visited on 2 June only
In 1578 Pope Gregory XII Boncompagni charged the architect Martino Longhi first, and Ottaviano Mascherino afterward, with constructing a summer villa on top of the Quirinale hill which would incorporate the existing villa belonging to the Carafa and the Estensi families. During the papacy of Sixtus V Peretti (1585-90), the project was taken up by Domenico Fontana, while under Paul V Borghese (1605-21) the works were commissioned to Flaminio Ponzio and, after his death, to Carlo Maderno. More works were carried out by Gianlorenzo Bernini during the papacy of Urban VIII Barberini (1623-44), who was mostly concerned with strenghthening the defensive structures of the building. The palace was enlarged along the Strada Pia (now Via XX Settembre) with the construction of the so called "Manica lunga", a wing finished under Clemens XII Corsini (1730-40) by Ferdinando Fuga, who completed the external building of the complex. After 1870 the building was chosen as the palace of the Savoy family. Today it houses the residence and private offices of the President of the Italian Republic. The austere two-storey facade by Domenico Fontana (1589) is enriched by the portal by Maderno (1615) with the tympanum flanked by statues of the apostles Peter and Paul, by Stefano Maderno and Berthélot respectively. Above it is the Loggia delle Benedizioni designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1638). On the left is the "torrino" (1624) by Bernini. In the magnificent gardens are the Fontana dell'Organo (1596) and the Coffee House by Fuga (1741) with interesting paintings by Pannini. The internal decoration of the palace is a sum of the Roman art of the 17th and 18th centuries here represented at the highest levels with works by Guido Reni, Pietro da Cortona, Giovanni Lanfranco, Agostino Tassi, Antonio Caracci and others.
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