Admire the wooden ceiling of the Salone dei Corazzieri directly from the desk pc, stroll through the manicured gardens of the Quirinale by clicking with the smartphone, browse in the study at the Vetrata seat of consultations when there is a government crisis without leaving the house: the House of the Italians opens its doors to virtual visitors and, in collaboration with Google, it offers a 360-degree virtual walk through the halls of the building, in its gardens, on the Castelporziano estate, but also offers information on the life of the first institution of the Republic, on its functioning and its history.
Without leaving home, it will be possible to see the Salone dei Corazzieri and the collection of ancient carriages, the Savoyard machine for making sweets and the labyrinth of box hedges, the study at the Vetrata where consultations in government crises take place and the Chapel Pauline which was the seat of four conclaves.
“The Quirinale is a living and vital palace for our democracy, protagonist today as yesterday in the history of the country, and as such it fully constitutes the home of the Italians “repeated Sergio Mattarella several times, who wanted to expand the spaces and times for visiting the presidential palaces and to which today he is presented the new initiative of the Presidency’s press and communications office in free collaboration with Google arts & culture.
“It is the first time that a palace of power has been scanned so thoroughly” said Giovanni Grasso, who underlined the usefulness of this project, even more so in times of pandemic.
“The visit is aimed at different age groups with quiz games for children, columns and questions. It is a work in progress that begins today and will continue in the future and which was made possible thanks to the collaboration of all the Quirinale offices” .
“This is a civic visit – said the President’s spokesman – which also becomes virtual and combines the vision of works of architecture, art and design with the knowledge of the places and mechanisms of the highest institution of the Republic”.
In his seven-year period, Mattarella “wanted to open the Quirinale, allowing the public to enter many parts of the Palazzo, in the Castelporziano estate, in the Corazzieri barracks and at Villa Rosebery. The goal is not to museumize the spaces, but to make the artistic presence coexist. with the life of the state “.
Over 1000 images have been uploaded to the web, shots of 13 works of art through Art Camera and more than 100 kilometers of Street View digitizations in the Palace and in the presidential estate of Castelporziano.
“The Quirinal Palace is one of the richest historical and cultural heritage of our country. Seat of every president of the Italian Republic and once inhabited by popes and royalty”, underlined Luisella Mazza, director of global operations, Google Arts & Cultures.
“Google is pleased to collaborate with the Quirinale to invite everyone to make this place a real home”, he assured, after underlining that with this initiative the Palazzo “opens its digital doors to all citizens of the world”, the portal it is in fact in two languages, Italian and English.
They were included in the visit some of the most famous collections, from that of clocks to that of tapestries, from that of porcelain until the new one collection of works of the Italian twentieth century ‘Contemporary Quirinale’.
The very high resolution of the images (billions of pixels) allows you to focus on details of the works that are difficult to see in a real visit, while two special guides, the Italian creators of YouTube Surry and Progetto Happiness, virtually accompany visitors through the corridors and paths of the Palazzo .