Farewell to Presidente Napolitano

January 21, 2015 / Events
Rome, Italy

This past Wednesday the magnificent presidential residence Palazzo Quirinale was vacated by elderly statesman Giorgio Napolitano after his 9 year stint as President of the Italian Republic.

roma quir window flags

At noon a dozen cameramen lined up in front of the Quirinale’s main doorway to catch glimpses of the farewell ceremony which included band music and the presentation to Napolitano of the Presidential flag that had flown from the loggia above the main entrance .

rome quirin reporters
rome quirin entrance

Now until the end of January when the first ballots will be cast, an apparent calm will envelope il Colle (The Hill) as Quirinale is called, but behind the scenes the political machine is working frenetically to come up with names of possible candidates for the position of Italy’s next President.

rome quirinale pza
rome quir piazza

Meanwhile the giant white marble horses and twins Castor and Pollux continue to hold court in the piazza facing the palazzo and the Scuderie Quirinali (Quirinale Horse Stables) complex where acclaimed art exhibitions, such as the present one dedicated to Hans Memling, are regularly held.  

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rome quirinale scuderie stemma

Mary Jane Cryan

by Mary Jane Cryan

Mary Jane is a historian, cruise lecturer, author and publisher of books on Italian history and central Italy has been residing in Italy for half a century.

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5 Responses to “Farewell to Presidente Napolitano”

  1. Elena Cassola

    Who fulfills the role until the newly-elected president takes office?

  2. Mary Jane Cryan

    Backstory to the first photo taken from the bar/restaurant inside Scuderie del Quirinale: in order to get this shot I asked a couple at the window-side table permission to lean in , then knocked over their bottle of mineral water and got a generous sprinkle on the leg of my trousers. Very embarassing. We go to such extremes to get the perfect photo for Italian Notebook!

  3. David Wetherell

    Let’s hope our hard-working politicos leave the best (presidential) candidate’s name for last…!


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