Italian President Napolitano receives a gift as he leaves the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (L) receives a gift as he leaves the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome January 14, 2015. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano handed in his resignation as head of state on Wednesday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with the politically delicate task of finding a successor.
The 89-year-old Napolitano, widely respected outside Italy as a guarantor of stability during the euro zone crisis, had always been expected to step down before the end of his second term in office because of his advanced age. REUTERS/Remo Casilli (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS)