A few lucky Temple University Rome students and staff had the unique opportunity to tour the Quirinale Palace. The Quirinale Palace is one of the three official residences of the President of the Italian Republic. It has been a home to thirty Popes, four Kings of Italy, and twelve presidents of the Italian Republic.
Temple students and staff took a tour of the main building, which is the oldest part of the Quirinale. They discovered the heritage of art, history and culture of the palace and the creativity of the Italian people. Each room had special decor, beautiful designs, and its own purpose. Part of the decor included gold sculptural ceilings, multicolored glass chandeliers, and magnificent frescos.
The Temple University Rome group were also able to see all of the tapestries throughout the building with their tour guide, who specializes in working with tapestries. The tour guide was able to give an incredible amount of detail for each tapestry in addition to information about the process of weaving the pieces.
I loved visiting the Quirinale because it was something I never thought I would be able to do. I loved how each room had its own unique decor and personality. -Kasey Cook, Temple University Rome student