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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  • Growing up, I had heard of the Pope's summer place in Castel Gandolfo. I never had an understanding of the location. Interesting place! Castel Gandolfo is about 25 kilometers south of Rome. In the... 
    Growing up, I had heard of the Pope's summer place in Castel Gandolfo. I never had an understanding of the location. Interesting place! Castel Gandolfo is about 25 kilometers south of Rome. In the...  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »

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