The Quirinal Palace is one of the present official residences of the Italian Republic President. The other residences of the president include the Tenuta di Castelporziano and the Villa Rosebery in Naples.
The Palace dual functions as both a presidential palace and an official residence. It was opened in the late sixteenth century. The Quirinal Palace is located on the Quirinal Hill, which is the hill with the most elevation among all of the hills of Rome.
The lavishly beautified Palace has housed twelve Italian Republic president, four kings of Italy and thirty popes. The Quirinal Palace is the ninth largest palace across the entire world in terms of area. Comparing the White House of the USA to the Quirinal Palace, the White House is only about 1/20 of the size of the Quirinal Palace. The Palace is one of the major icons of Rome and Italy, and it is also used as a museum for visitors to see and admire.
There is lots of elegant Roman culture and priceless pearls of art to learn and see at the palace. The lists of places you can see in the Quirinal Palace are almost unlimited. Visitors are allowed to see the president’s private office, which was formerly used as the office of the king. Visitors are also allowed to see the Murano Chandeliers, the Hall of Tapestries, the rooms where ambassadors are welcome by the president, the geographical globe room (also known as the the Sala del Mappamondo), the pearl of the Piffetti Library, the chamber music concert room (also called the Pauline Chapel), the Room of Queen Margaret, the frescoes by Pelagi, the futuristic Ottaviano Mascarino helicoidal staircase, the Napoleonic Parlour, the office of the Glass Wall, the Vasella room, the collection of Carriages, and the gardens with the 18th century Coffee House.
The Quirinal Palace is opened for public tours only five days a week. The Palace is not accessible on Mondays and Thursdays, but it is very accessible on every other day. You can only explore the gorgeous and expensive palace and its exhibitions by getting on the public guided tours. Visiting the palace requires not less than five days booking before your visit. The tours of the palace are in two different itineraries; the first is the tour of the Bel Etage Piano Nobile and the Ground Floor known as the artistic institutional itinerary. The second tour which is known as the artistic institutional and thematic itinerary includes the first tour plus the tour of the Vasella room where sets of dishes from the 18th century, silver and crystal items are kept.