"Giardini del Quirinale (Quirinal Garden)/ Garden of the Quirinal Palace" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Saturday 30th April 2011
Another Quirinal Palace (palazzo del Quirinale) jewel is the Garden, which is considered a kind of “island” that overlooks Rome from a privileged vantage point. The layout has changed many times over the course of the centuries, depending on the period taste or that of the “illustrious tenants” of the palazzo. The interior of the Palazzo del Quirinale is adorned by some splendid gardens. In the middle of the garden there is the hydraulic organ, unfortunately irreparably out of use.
The highest point of the Quirinal Hill (Latin, Collis Quirinalis) or Seven Hills seems to have been within the area now covered by the Royal Gardens, for which considerable levelling off was done in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Hülsen, Röm. Antikengärten 85 sqq.). On a slope of the Quirinal were the extensive gardens of Sallust. The healthy cool air of the Quirinal attracted aristocrats and papal families that built villas where the gardens of Sallust had been in Antiquity. Gardens were conceived by Maderno. In the 18th century, Ferdinando Fuga built the long wing called the Manica Lunga, which stretched 360 meters along via del Quirinale.
The Garten des Palazzo del Quirinal (Garden of the Quirinal Palace) were first arranged by cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, who transformed the vineyard "Vigna di Napoli" of the Carafa. In the 17th century Urban VIII enlarged them by purchasing of another vineyard "Vigna Boccacci". Only few elements remained till our days, that previously decorated these gardens: numerous fountains, water-games, caves and other little constructions. In the middle of the 19th century they were rearranged one more time in English style and received more linear and precise forms. At present here could be found six fountains (Fontana di Caserta (20th century), Fontana di Apollo, Fontana delle Tartarughe (17th century), Fontana della Cascata, and Fontana dell'Organo (1596)), and a little construction coffee-house, by F.Fuga (1743) with beautiful painting and stucco decorations.
Today, the garden has a 17th-century flavour that fuses with the “Romantic” style of the late 18th-century, surrounding the Coffee House of that era. It was created by Ferdinando Fuga and was used to receive the Pope. On the piazza immediately opposite is the palazzo of the Scuderie del Quirinale (Quirinal Stables). It is famous for exhibitions that are among the most beautiful and celebrated in the capital. Also See: Palazzo del Quirinale (Quirinal Palace)
Note: Giardini del Quirinale (Quirinal Garden) are open to public only afternoon of June 2, anniversary of the proclamation of the Italian Republic.
Giardini del Quirinale (Quirinal Garden)/ Garden of the Quirinal Palace
Piazza del Quirinale (Quirinale Square)
Entrances: Via Piacenza, Via del Quirinale, Via Genova.
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
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