Bruno Vespa has come out with a new book that tells about the twelve presidents of the Republic. Among the pages you can find various anecdotes and curiosities, but also important reflections on what the Quirinale and how it has evolved over the years. “According to an old cliché – wrote the historical face of Rai – the President of the Republic is a gentleman who stays calm in the Quirinale, signs some papers from time to time and does not intervene in political life. In reality the Quirinale it is the center of genuine power that many heads of state have exercised in Italian history ”.
In the introduction, Vespa immediately stressed that none of the twelve Italian presidents was a “docile paper passer”. In addition, he immediately proposed his own institutional judgment, referring above all to the last twenty years: “The power of the Quirinale increased to the extent that that of Palazzo Chigi decreased. It is not good ”. After these initial reflections, the Vespa journey started, from Enrico De Nicola to Sergio Mattarella.
Dagospia took advantage of the opportunity to add a spicy backstory on Giovanni Gronchi: “He had a mistress in Livorno and, with the Quirinale’s car, he used to leave for Antignano. Three hundred kilometers north of Rome, where he jumped into the sedan of the Minister of Transport, his friend, to join the lady in disguise. For this Montanelli had coined the nickname of ‘Minister of Transshipment’ for the accomplice of the head of state ”.