Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, Castel Gandolfo

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Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo is considered to be one of Italy’s most scenic towns, and is home to the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Pope. Roam the piazza facing the palace to appreciate the fountain and scattering of shops and cafes. Take in the scenic view of Lake Albano or see the Stadio Olimpico, which staged the rowing events during the Rome Olympics. Visit archaeological sites like the Emissario del Lago Albano and the Villa of Domitian, or artistic locations like the Collegiate Church of St. Thomas of Villanova. You can also wander the cobblestone streets or enjoy one of the many restaurants in town. Plan to see Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo and other attractions that appeal to you using our Castel Gandolfo holiday maker app.
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  • Castel Gandolfo was declared property of the Holy See in the 13th century, but the castle was not built until the 17th century when other villas and cottages were being built in this area. It was...  more »
  • I loved the gardens of the Pope's summer residence. I even visited it when it wasn't accessible for the public yet. It's a real hidden paradise for garden lovers.  more »
  • Really nice place
  • Everybody rushes to see Coliseum and Fontana di Trevi in Rome. Few visitors to Rome have ever heard about Castel Gandolfo . It takes only some 40 min by train to escape crowds of Rome and disembark on the shores of the Albano lake. You are in rural Italia. Pope’s summer castle is very nice and so is the small town with many cafes and taverns.
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