Quirinal: the palace finally open to publicA visit to the Quirinale can be booked 5 days a week, for free or almost: rooms to see, prices and opening times
It is called the Quirinal Palace but from today it is also a museum. Have you ever heard about the Piano Nobile, the Vasella Room or the collection of Carriages? Are you curious to discover the studio of the Glass Wall where talks to form the government are held, the splendid Gardens of the Quirinale or the Napoleonic Parlour?
A stone's thrown away from piazza di Spagna and via del Corso, the Quirinal Palace is one of the main symbols of Italy.
QUIRINALE OPEN: ROOMS AND WHAT TO SEE
Ther are really so many pearls of art and culture to discover. Here is a more or less exhaustive list: the private office of the President, which used to be the King's office in the past, the room where presidents welcome ambassadors, the Hall of Tapestries, the Murano Chandeliers, the pearl of the Piffetti Library, the sala del Mappamondo (the geographical glboe room), the Pauline Chapel, which hosts chamber music concerts, the Napoleonic Parlour and the futuristic helicoidal staircase by Ottaviano Mascarino, the frescoes by Pelagi and the Room of Queen Margaret, the gardens with the 18th-century Coffe House, the office of the Glass Wall, the Vasella room and the collection of Carriages.
"Discovering priceless art, history and culture heritage, expression of Italian industriousness, creativity and taste”
President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella
QUIRINALE: OPENING DAYS AND THE TWO ITINERARIES
The Quirinal Palace can be visited 5 days a week –Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday– booking at least 5 days prior to the tour.
There are two itineraries: the artistic-institutional itinerary, a tour of the Piano Nobile (Bel Étage) and the Ground Floor, and the artistic-institutional and thematic itinerary, like the other itinerary + a tour of the Vasella room (where are kept crystal and silver objects and sets of dishes from 1785), of the gardens, the Carriages and the Harnesses. The first itinerary lasts an average of 1 hour and a half, the second 2 hours and a half.
QUIRINALE: PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK YOUR VISIT
The short itinerary (artistic-institutional) is free, except for a mandatory booking charge of €1.50. The long itinerary costs €10 (including the booking charge). School students are exempted from paying and students, teachers and the elderly have a reduced price in the ticket.
You can book online, calling the call center 06-39967557 or directly at the Quirinal infopoint, which opens at 9 am.
VISITING THE QUIRINALE: TIPS
You can't absolutely miss the wonderful views over Rome from the Piano Nobile (Bel Étage), the library with with very rare books and documents (like the original text if the Italian Constitution) and a nice walk around the gardens. You can also take a virtual visit of the Palace and its rooms, something we highly recommend. It is a very well done and clear project, congratulations!
- HOW TO GET THERE
Entrance: Piazza del Quirinale - 00187 Roma
40-60-64-70-117-170-H get off at stop Nazionale/Quirinale
metro A (stop P.za della Repubblica), metro B (stop Cavour)
From Fiumicino Airport:
Take Leonardo Express Train to Termini (running every 30 minutes). Get off at Termini station and go to bus stop TERMINI (MA-MB-FS) and take bus 40.
The Quirinal palace will open from 9.30 am to 4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Last admission for itinerary 1 (artistic-institutional) at 2.30 pm; for itinerary 2 (artistic-institutional and thematic) at 1.30 pm.
Visitators must be on-site at least 30 minutes before the tour’s scheduled departure time, with a valid ID.
The Palace will remain closed during Christmas holidays, during celebrations for Italy’s Republic Day (June 2) and throughout the month of August.
Artistic-institutional itinerary: free, except for a mandatory booking charge of €1.50
Artistic-institutional and thematic itinerary: €10 (including the ooking charge)
School students, teachers and those over- 65 are exempted from paying or can have reductions in the the booking charge.