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. Add Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo to your Castel Gandolfo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Castel Gandolfo tour planner.
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  • Above a crater became Lake. By decision of Pope Bergoglio always residence of the Popes is now open and for that alone is worth going there.
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  • We took a guided tour, and wonderful. No wonder that until now has been the resting place of Popes.
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  • Especially the train: one toilet for 280 passengers: a shame. And there are other aspects that should be improved, I will mention a few. Video panels used for the introduction to the Sistine Chapel are too small for groups of 25 people; There are no stops during the visit to the Vatican gardens, and thus for the gardens of Villa Barberini at Castel Gandolfo, and all afternoon for the visit of the Apostolic Palace (of modest interest); no indication to the train station, etc. At last the day is a little too pessnte.
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