Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, Castel Gandolfo

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#4 of 53 in Parks in Province of Rome
Garden Historic Site
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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  • If you expect to find works of artistic value, then better avoid a visit to Castel Gandolfo, since it is simply a museum dedicated to the succession of the various popes, with few exhibits and of little artistic value. What you can listen to the audio guide, is a series of dates and historical events in the book lacking any charm and extremely boring. The visit to the gardens is limited to around the same inside a minibus, arranged in stages, where there is no stage where you can get off and walk freely inside it. The most disappointing thing and sad is the help service sitting in coach with us, that stage stage was limited to dictate the number by pressing the audio guide! Ticket prices so dear are not fully in line with other sites of similar interest in Italy. Also the discount family absolutely ridiculous! Shame about this initiative wanted by Pope ... 70 euros (2 adults + 1 child) spent a couple of hours, they should leave a good memory and not the scent of a colossal rip-off!
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  • Visit of an hour and a half, 14 euros, that will make you relive in one fell swoop: ancient Rome, Medieval Rome, modern and of our day. The view from the terrace is stunning; along the way you will find historical information/artistiche in Italian and English signs about what you are seeing.
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  • Castel Gandolfo is truly a marvel. Country well kept with the pedestrianised main street full of typical restaurants and then the Lake that helps refresh and be really good. Visit
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