Castelgandolfo - Staying at the Pope's
The road to Gandolfo
We arrived to Castelgandolfo by a sturdy old train over the hillsides. I bet Robert Ludlum didn't think of this view when he chose that title for his book.
[Train tracks outside Castelgandolfo]
The palace Palazzo Pontificio is situated on high ground above the large crater lake Lago Albano. Pope Urbanus VIII selected it as his summer residence in 1626. The palace was built in 1624 by Carlo Maderno and in the main square lies a church and a fountain, both designed by Bernini. It also has the best ice cream in the known universe.
[The hill of Castelgandolfo]
The walking path to the top is long and tedious, and cats watch your every step.
[Walking up the hill]
Lady of the lake
The view of Lago Albano from the surrounding hills is breathtakingly beautiful.
[Theresa at her summer home in Castelgandolfo]
A room with a view
Not really your everyday view from a bedroom window.
Lago Albano was known as Albanus Lacus to the ancient Roman Empire. The city of Alba Longa was located on site occipied by Castelgandolfo today. The city is another one of the places where Romulus and Remus are said to have been born, and it was razed by the Romans in 665 B.C.
[Reine at Castelgandolfo]
Castelgandolfo is also the site of the Vatican Observatory. In 1935 two domes were moved here from Rome, due to light pollution.
[At the roof of Castelgandolfo]
Stories of old
It's not everywhere you can browse the first editions of the classic works by Copernicus and Galileo. The observatory also hosts a meteorite collection and a rock from the moon.
[Library of the Vatican Observatory]
The Ristorante Bucci has one of the best views in the world for your evening tiramisu.
[Alley leading to Ristorante Bucci]
[Reine waiting for a train in Castelgandolfo, Italy]