The Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome: the history and architecture of one of the world's most beautiful but least known palaces.
[Palazzo del Quirinale] Summer residence of popes, built by order of Gregory XIII on the highest hill in Rome, the Palazzo del Quirinale was constructed starting in 1574, and took on its present image in approximately 1730. The palace of the house of Savoy since 1870, it became the headquarters of the President of the Republic in 1946.
The occasion for this new publication analyzing the historical and artistic development of the palazzo arose due to the need for a revised methodology for comprehension of the historical phenomena that have influenced the most characteristic places of the city of Rome. This historical interpretation of the Quirinale is part of an overall restoration project touching on all the aspects of the buildings aesthetics and history, in a complete rethinking of its use, in an attempt to get away from the idea of a mere container of artworks and decorations that came to life only for the visits of dignitaries and official receptions.