The Quirinal Palace, usually known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply Quirinale, is an historic massive palace in Rome, designed by Ferdinando Fuga in a Baroque style. Dominating the square of the same name, it is the current official residence of the President of the Italian Republic and is located on the Quirinal Hill, the highest and largest of the seven hills of Rome (Sette colli di Roma). This area was already inhabited during ancient Rome. Designed by the most prominent architects of the time, the construction of the Quirinal Palace took approximately 150 years. It used to be the papal summer residence before becoming royal residence in year 1870 and presidential residence in 1948. The Quirinal Stables are now home to the Museum of bodywork and are often used as art venues for exhibitions.
The Quirinal Palace extends for an area of 110500 square metres (1,2 million square feet) and is the largest residence in the world. The Quirinal Palace is open to the public from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is allowed until one hour before closing time.
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni is the largest exhibit venue in Rome, with its 10,000 square meters (107,639 square feet) of exhibition space hosting art exhibitions. The Palazzo delle Esposizioni has also a theater, a lecture hall, a coffee bar as well as a book and gift shop and a restaurant. Remember that the Palazzo delle Esposizioni is closed on Monday.
To get to the Quirinale area, you can take the buses numbered 40, 60, 64, 70, 117 and 170-H, and get off at Nazionale/Quirinale. If you prefer using the subway, both lines stop nearby: with the red line you can get off at Piazza della Repubblica stop, and with the blue line you can get off at Cavour stop.
Every day at 4:00 p.m. you can see the changing of the Guard. In Piazza del Quirinale you can see the Monte Cavallo Fountain, with its statues of the Discuri, called Castor and Pollux. You can also enjoy a superb view of the hills of Rome.