Fodor's Expert Review Palazzo del Quirinale

Quirinale Castle/Palace/Chateau

Pope Gregory XIII started building this spectacular palace, now the official residence of Italy's president, in 1574. He planned to use it as a summer home, but less than 20 years later, Pope Clement VIII decided to make the palace—safely elevated above the malarial miasmas shrouding the low-lying location of the Vatican—the permanent residence of the papacy, which it remained until 1870. The palace underwent various expansions and alterations over time. When Italian troops under Garibaldi stormed Rome in 1870, making it the capital of the newly united Italy, the popes moved back to the Vatican, and the Palazzo del Quirinale became the official residence of the kings of Italy. After the Italian people voted out the monarchy in 1946, the palazzo passed to the presidency of the Italian Republic. The palace is now open to visitors, but you need to prebook a guided tour (in Italian only, although materials in English can be purchased). You will need your ID to enter the building. Outside... READ MORE

Pope Gregory XIII started building this spectacular palace, now the official residence of Italy's president, in 1574. He planned to use it as a summer home, but less than 20 years later, Pope Clement VIII decided to make the palace—safely elevated above the malarial miasmas shrouding the low-lying location of the Vatican—the permanent residence of the papacy, which it remained until 1870. The palace underwent various expansions and alterations over time. When Italian troops under Garibaldi stormed Rome in 1870, making it the capital of the newly united Italy, the popes moved back to the Vatican, and the Palazzo del Quirinale became the official residence of the kings of Italy. After the Italian people voted out the monarchy in 1946, the palazzo passed to the presidency of the Italian Republic. The palace is now open to visitors, but you need to prebook a guided tour (in Italian only, although materials in English can be purchased). You will need your ID to enter the building. Outside the gates, you can see the changing of the military guard at 4 pm on Sunday (at 6 pm June through August), and occasionally you can glimpse the impressive presidential guard.

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Castle/Palace/Chateau Garden/Arboretum

Quick Facts

Piazza del Quirinale
Rome, Latium  00187, Italy

06-46991

www.quirinale.it

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: By tour only: Itinerary No. 1 free (€1.50 booking fee), Itinerary No. 2 €10, Closed Mon. and Thurs.

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