Many great things happen when you least expect it, and me finding one of the nicest places around Rome accidentally, by taking the wrong bus, was one of them. As I love nature a lot, Castel Gandolfo became one of my favorite places out of a “beaten path”. Picturesque and nature-rich, it is located 24 kilometers from Rome and is most known for accommodating the summer residence of Pope.

The papal summer residence impresses by its’ beauty: ancient ruins of Emperor Domitian’s palace, shady oak park, refined garden with parterres are a great place for a walk. Unfortunately, you can only visit the residence on a guided tour, which must be booked in Vatican museum in advance.

For me, however, Castel Gandolfo is much more than a place that hosts papal residence. There is a beautiful little neighborhood just above Logo di Albano volcanic crater lake. The scenery looks incredible even in the middle of winter, let alone spring or summer.

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It won’t take you long to walk the streets of Castel Gandolfo. You can visit the main square – Piazza della Libertà, buy local products in little shops and enjoy your drink or meal at the restaurant with a panoramic view.

If you like sweets, there is a great small pasty-shop near the piazza. Personally, I enjoyed cones with cream the most. 🙂

 

Recommendations: take a relaxing walk from the city down the hill to swim or have a rest near the lake. In summer Logo di Albano is a great alternative to busy beaches. You can even do water sports there.

How to get there?

  • By car
  • By COTRAL bus from Anagnina (around 2 euro)
  • By train from Rome Termini (€2.10). Once an hour. You can enjoy some scenes on the way there. Timetables: com
  • By COTRAL bus from Frascati or Monte Porzio Catone. http://www.cotralspa.it/CalcolaPercorso.aspx

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