Friday after work I walked up to the Quirinale to take a few photos. The Quirinale was once a papal summer home and is now where the President of the Republic lives. Some of you might not realize that there is a President of the Republic as -ahem- certain other people steal the limelight, but there it is true. Actually he doesn’t have much real actual power and is more of a figurehead, but the current President of the Republic is Giorgio Napolitano. The Quirinale is on one end of the via del Quirinale has a huge open square in front with a sculptural group depicting Castor and Pollux in the center. And of course there’s a small obelisk in the center of the group because what would Rome be without its obelisks. Called the Fontana dei Dioscuri, it was built in the 19th century. As with most sculpture of that period I’m not super impressed with the final result and wonder how impressive the original fountain probably was, as in the 16th century sculptures from ancient baths were moved here to form the figural group. Somehow they got lost with restructuring of the square and so we’re left with what we have now. This photo shows the hooves of one of the horses set against the clear blue sky. Ha…I guess the hooves are my favorite part!