The curiosities of Colle in one click
A project, the first in the world that concerns a building Presidency of the Republic, created in collaboration with Google Art and Culture and thanks to the contribution of all sectors of the Colle
by Nicoletta Cottone
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Did you know that the Quirinale was an ancient vineyard with a villa, which was later enlarged? And what was a papal palace until 1870, which later became the palace of the first king of Italy, until the Republic was proclaimed on 2 June 1946? And that from 1 January 1948 the Colle has become the official seat of the Presidency of the Italian Republic? There are many news unknown to most and the curiosities of the Quirinale palace offered by the virtual visit of the Hill, which in the afternoon will be presented to the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and to the press. “The Quirinale – underlines the head of state Sergio Mattarella on the presentation page of the virtual visit – is a living and vital building for our democracy, a protagonist today as yesterday in the history of the country, and as such it fully constitutes the House of the Italians. ».
A virtual visit among a thousand curiosities
It will thus be possible to visit the “House of the Italians”, as the Head of State has repeatedly defined it, directly from home. This is thanks to a project, the first in the world that concerns a building that houses the presidency of the Republic, created in collaboration with Google Art and Culture, after months of work and thanks to the contribution of all sectors of the Quirinale. To discover, for example, that Pope Paul V attended Mass in the Pauline Chapel privately without being seen from the window of an oratory carved into the thickness that divides the Chapel from the papal apartment. Or that Gregory XVI enjoyed accompanying a prelate in front of the Rustica fountain located in the gardens, and then suddenly activated the sketches of the mosaic floor to do it “abbaggnà ccome un purcino”, as Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli writes in a sonnet. Or that the Savoy family had transformed the solemn Salone dei Corazzieri first into a skating rink and then into an indoor tennis court. And that a ball was also found during some restoration work. You can choose various routes, to discover the functions of the Presidency of the Republic, the history and architecture of the Palace, the treasures and nature, with the focus on the elegant gardens and the uncontaminated reserve of Castel Porziano. You will also be able to find out all about the Quirinale honor guard, made up of cuirassiers who oversee the safety of the head of state.
Grasso: “Bringing the artistic presence to coexist with the life of the state
An ideal gift to the citizens of President Sergio Mattarella, almost at the end of its seven-year term, which offers the opportunity to have privileged access to one of the symbolic palaces of the Republic, using technology to shorten any distance between citizens and institutions. “For the first time – underlines Giovanni Grasso, press and communications adviser to the President of the Republic – a palace of power is being explored to the very end, with almost all of its artistic collection. From the beginning of his seven-year term, President Mattarella wanted to open the Quirinale, allowing the public to enter many parts of the Palace. Then the Castelporziano estate, the Corazzieri barracks and Villa Rosebery were also opened. The goal is certainly not to museum, but to make the artistic presence coexist with the life of the state. Now it is finally possible to have a real virtual visit, an initiative not designed for the pandemic, even if it is certainly useful in these difficult times, but precisely to show everyone, even abroad, the Quirinale “.
One click to find yourself in the Ballroom or Corazzieri
You can go through the Salone delle Feste with a click, also observing its imposing chandeliers, or that of the Corazzieri, as big as an indoor tennis court. It will be possible to walk through the sumptuous corridors of the Colle and admire the precious furniture and works of art in every room, of which to observe every little detail. You can also ideally look out from one of the windows to enjoy the most beautiful view of Rome.
One year of work with over 30 engineers and technicians
The project was carried out in over a year of work by a team of more than 30 experts, including engineers and technicians. You have access to 100 kilometers of digital itineraries of the Quirinale and the Tenuta di Castelporziano, 13 works digitized for the first time and captured in very high definition, 60 digital stories created ad hoc (divided into 4 paths between functions, history and architecture, collections and nature) and more than a thousand images of the Presidential Palace and Estate, in a continuous work in progress with constantly updated contents in Italian and English.