Originally built under the direction of Pope Gregory XIII in 1583 as a summer residence.
Quirinale Palace provided offices for civil government until after 1870. In 1871 the New Kingdom of Italy came into being and the city of Rome was designated the capital city of the Kingdom. It was the official residence of King Victor Emmanuel III who reigned from 1900 to 1946, but he actually lived in a private residence in another location and used the Quirinale Palace for state events and functions. When the monarchy was disbanded in 1946, the Quirinale became the workplace of the Presidents of the Italian Republic, many of whom preferred to live elsewhere.
Domenico Fontana designed the original façade of the building and its chapel was built by Carlo Maderno and it contains many famous frescoes, but the most famous one is the Blessing Christ by Melozzo da Forlì. What may be of more appeal are the famous gardens which were planted in the 18th century, which can offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of this modern cosmopolitan city.
Whichever location you choose for holiday rentals, Rome offers a wide variety of choice and getting around the city is easy because of the excellent public transport system. Take a bus, train, tram, ferry or even hire a scooter, or motorbike. If you are selecting holiday rentals, Rome has something to offer all visitors, whether you are an art lover, interested in history or architecture or indeed just visiting for the nightlife.
If you are thinking of touring Italian or European cities and are looking for holiday rentals, Rome is an ideal choice because it has rail connections to all major Italian cities and many European ones. Linking up to other cities and countries is very easy and when you choose your holiday rentals, Rome accommodation can be used as a permanent base to explore other regions. Whatever you decide, there are many attractions in Rome, such as the Colosseum, Parthenon and many other reflecting Rome’s long history. A more recent addition to Rome is of course the Quirinale Palace, which has been home to popes, kings and currently, the President of the Italian Republic.
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