Italian Republic Celebration

On June 2nd we celebrate the Republic Day, the anniversary of the historic referendum held in 1946 with which Italian citizens chose to abolish the monarchy in favor of the Republic.

It was then that the women also voted. Therefore that was the first time in Italian history in which there was universal voting. The results of the referendum were announced on June 18, 1946, and that it was officially proclaimed the birth of the Italian Republic.

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Every year the official celebrations for Republic Day are full of events. In Piazza del Quirinale there is the Solemn Change of the Guard of Honor by the “Corazzieri” (Cuirassiers’ Regiment is an Italian elite military unit and the honor guard of the President of the Italian Republic), Regiment on horseback with the Fanfare of the IV Carabinieri Regiment on horseback.

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Rome, as the capital, hosts the traditional parade along Via dei Fori Imperiali. Eventually, celebrations continue at Quirinale.

The Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply Quirinale) is a historic building in Rome, Italy, one of the three current official residences of the President of the Italian Republic. It is a rather big palace, in fact,, the White House complex (United States) has a surface area equal to 1/20 of that of the Quirinal Palace. There are numerous rooms, salons, and artwork, and the President does entertain in grand style, it really looks like the Downton Abbey style! 🙂

With important guests and famous singers to entertain.

It can be visited by booking your visit at

All the pictures here are courtesy of Quirinale Instagram account.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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