Palazzo delle Scuderie/ Scuderie del Quirinale/ Quirinal or Papal Stables

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Palazzo delle Scuderie/ Scuderie del Quirinale/ Quirinal or Papal Stables

After the Palazzo del Quirinale was finished the necessity to create the square in front of it appeared. In 1722 Innocent XIII ordered A.Specchi construction of a palace in that part of the square where it bordered Giardino Colonna. It was adapted for the guard barracks and horse stables. The new palace was completed under Clement XII by F.Fuga. A part of it was destroyed in the middle of the 19th century, when the Piazza del Quirinale was rearranged. The other Stables serving the Quirinal were built by F.Fuga along Via di S.Vitale. Some time later Palazzo delle Scuderie was transformed again with adjoining of two side corps.

The Scuderie del Quirinale, a venue for major cultu- ral events and exhibitions, offers exhibition rooms, a cafeteria, a restaurant and a bookshop in the very heart of Rome: a forum of unparalleled beauty devoted heart and soul to culture.

The Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, a semi-public body set up by Rome's Municipal Authority, manages the Scuderie del Quirinale, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the Casa del Cinema and the Casa del Jazz. Thanks to its mandate to explore cultural content in a broad range of different ways, the Azienda is Italy's first true example of a major producer of integrated cultural services, ranging from art exhibitions to movie retrospectives, from theater to photography, and from music to hosting book launches and various other events. It ranks second to none in terms of the number of visitors it attracts (about 1,000,000 per year) and in terms of the profile that it enjoys both in Italy and abroad.

An international competition for the restoration of this historic building and for designing its new exhibition areas was won by architect Gae Aulenti, and the Scuderie del Quirinale, to which Italian and foreign visitors alike flock with affection and enthusiasm today (it has hosted 24 exhibitions in just over eight years!), were born. Working in conjunction with the Rome Fine Arts Superintendency, Ms. Aulenti restored the building in record time for Jubilee Year 2000, thanks also to the Rome Agency for the Jubilee Preparations; and the Rome Municipal Authority appointed the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo to manage the new Scuderie on its behalf
inside the Palazzo delle Scuderie/ Scuderie del Quirinale/ Quirinal or Papal Stables, Rome
Given that the enjoyment of a cultural activity or asset is far more than merely a rational or functional act, invol- ving as it does also the vistor's emotions and feelings, the Azienda's activities are designed to offer each and every visitor the chance to turn his or her enjoyment of its range of goods and services into a unique experience. Thus the attention that it lavishes on the construction of a perfect environment, the care that it takes in managing the many accessory facilities which it runs, and the guidelines underpinning its cultural agenda are all part of a single design that brings together the work of a vast range of true professionals.

The four-cornered tower dominating the Quirinale complex (followed by the whole of the rest of the building), the Constitutional Court buil- ding and the walls of the Rospigliosi and Colonna residences had all changed color, sparking quite a controversy even though the decision was based on historical documents and taken only after a stringent debate. The brick-red color so beloved of the House of Savoy was consigned to history, and a new two-tone scheme took its place, with honey- colored travertine on all the prominent parts of the building contrasting with natural burnt Siena in the background.

On 21 December 1999 the beautifully restored Scuderie were officially inaugurated by the President of the Republic, with the Mayor of Rome and the Minister of Cultural Heritage by his side. The first exhibition was entitled 100 Masterpieces from the Hermitage. Rather than simply a collection of old masters, the exhibition bore witness to the history of early 19th century taste in collecting. It was also the first time that such a broad selection of works of art from the famous Russian museum had ever left their St. Petersburg home. Some 100 paintings and drawings by Degas, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, le Douanier Rousseau, Vlaminck, Derain, Vallotton, Vuillard, Sisley, Pisarro, Matisse and Picasso were hosted by the Scuderie until June 2000.

This interest in major international collections and in the people responsible for putting them together was to be renewed in an exhibition held in the spring of 2005, in which Masterpieces from the Guggenheim were displayed, thus consolidating one of the recurrent themes on the Scuderie’s cul- tural agenda.

The Bookshop, one of the Scuderie del Quirinale’s proudest achievements, offers a wide range of books on the arts, on photography, and on Rome and its wonders, and it even stocks the latest Italian and foreign bestsellers. A special section is devoted to books relating to the topics covered by the exhibitions.

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Scuderie del Quirinale's education service offers laboratory events and visits with activities for schools, families and the general public, as well as online educational files and training courses for teaching staff, students and anyone professionally involved in cultural activities. With its diversified and focused proposal it gives new tools for interpreting the exhibitions, allowing everyone to get so much more out of their visit and to feel a real personal involvement with the treasures on display.

In conjunction with other Italian and international institutions, it has been involved in the Didart project, a European project on education in contemporary art funded by the Culture Program 2000, and in a project called Alternating Between School and Work in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, University and Research.

The Scuderie stands next to the Colonna gardens and on top of the archeological remains of the great Roman Temple of Serapide – some of which are still visible. The building covers approximately 3000 square meters, over several floors. Wide-open spaces on the second and third floors house the exhibitions. A cafeteria is situated on the mezzanine level and a bookstore, a giftshop and special areas dedicated to exhibition-related initiatives are all on the ground floor.

Palazzo delle Scuderie/ Scuderie del Quirinale/ Quirinal or Papal Stables
via XXIV Maggio, 16
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
Palazzo delle Scuderie/ Scuderie del Quirinale/ Quirinal or Papal Stables is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "92"
Underground: metro A (alight at Repubblica), metro B (alight at Cavour)
Bus: 16 - 40 - 170 - 36 - 360 - 37 - 38 - 60 - 61 -62 - 64 - 70 - 116T - 117 - 640 - H (alight at Nazionale/Quirinale)
Exhibition hours: from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00am to 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 10:30pm, Visitors may enter the exhibition hall up till one hour before closing. The Scuderie del Quirinale museum is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. Wheelchairs are available on demand.
For information tel. (+39) 06 696271
Call center: (+39) 06 39967500
Call center for schools: (+39) 06 39967200
Information: tel. (+39) 06 696271 and
Telephone number: (+39) 06 696272224
Hours: the bookshop follows Scuderie del Quirinale opening hours.
Information and reservations: tel. (+39) 06 696272216
Hours: the cafè and the restaurant follow Scuderie del Quirinale opening hours.
Web site:
Online booking:

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