The Piazza del Quirinale is located atop the hill of the same name, which is the highest of the famous 7 hills on which Rome is built. The main attractions on this square are the Quirinal Palace and the Quirinal Obelisk.
Piazza del Quirinale Rome
The Piazza del Quirinale is located on the summit of the Quirinal Hill. This was the highest one of Rome’s famous seven hills. It owes its name to the Temple of Quirinus. Quirinus was a Sabine God, and it was this tribe that had settled on the Quirinal Hill.
What to see
Piazza del Quirinale is dominated by the Palazzo del Quirinale (Quirinal Palace), the current seat of the Italian President.
The Obelisco Quirinale is placed on the opposite side of the square. It was placed here in 1786, after first standing near the Mausoleum of Augustus. The two over five meter tall statues of the Dioscuri Castor and Pollux at the obelisk have been there since 1588 and were commissioned by Pope Sixtus V. In 1818, a fountain was added, called the Fountain of the Dioscuri.
In addition to the Palazo del Quirininale, there are two other impressive buildings facing the square. The Palazzo della Consulta was built in 1734 by Ferdinando Fuga (commissioned by Pope Clement XII). The Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi was constructed in 1603. Ruins of the Baths of Constantine were used as its foundation.
The entrance to the prestigious Scuderie del Quirinale Museum is just off the square.
Changing of the Guard
Except in August, the changing of the guard in the square can be viewed every Sundayday. In summer, the ceremony takes place at 16:00, in winter at 18:00.