The Quirinale is one of the primary places in the life of the Italian Republic. Visits to the Palace, open daily to the public and now with access to previously reserved rooms, will lead to the discovery of a heritage of art, history and culture of inestimable value and of testaments to the hard work, creativity and genius of the Italian people. It is also an opportunity to learn about where the President of the Republic carries out his duties, meets the heads of institutions, representatives of other states and international organisations, spokespersons for civil society and citizens. The Quirinale is an active, living palace in our democracy, playing a vital role in the history of the nation, today and in the past, and as such fully deserves its title as the Home of All Italians”.
The Quirinale Palace complex encloses a garden of almost four hectares whose history is closely associated with the evolution of the monumental compound. On entering the Palace from Via del Quirinale through the Porta Giardini and a 19th Century gate, one proceeds along the Viale delle Palme, a road lined on both sides by geometric flower beds hosting a wide variety of arboreal species. The Boschetto (Thicket), once characterized by an original layout, is separated from the garden by tall walls and hedges. The walks were arboured and the remaining spaces were covered by a thick vegetation that gave the whole area the appearance of a wood.