"The Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply Quirinale) is a historical building in Rome, Italy, the current official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. It is located on the Quirinal Hill, the tallest of the seven hills of Rome. It housed thirty popes, four kings and eleven presidents of the Italian Republic." - Wikipedia
Exiting Hotel Artemide and strolling left... we were on our way to Capitol Hill when a passerby had mentioned the Presidential Palace (Quirinal Palace) was close by. We found this tunnel (later finding was a great shortcut to the Trevi Fountain) and took the stairs up hiking towards the general direction of the Presidential Palace according to the map.
Arriving at the palace, bad news as the palace was closed for the month of August. I guess the president is in. A variety of uniforms line the palace from women-only guards at the gate with machine guns, to local police, and additional palace guards wearing different uniforms.
According to Arturo, the local Policeman we spoke with, the soldiers at the gate are only women.
A great stop although we couldn't tour the palace itself on this visit.
We found out that police here get their pension after 35 years on the force versus 25 years in the United States.