With Castel Gandolfo being in the news lately, it got me reminiscing about that small town on the Alban Hills overlooking Lake Albano. As you know, Castel Gandolfo is better known as the summer residence of the Pope, a tradition dating back to the 17th century. It is located about 30 kilometres southeast of Rome. There are some terrific photos courtesy of NBC News Photo Blog of inside the papal summer residence here, and a few more of the surroundings on Rome Art Lover’s blog here. Here are a few photos from our trip there a year and a half ago.
Main Square with Papal Palace in background
The small balcony used for papal blessings.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed this church dedicated to San Tommaso di Villanova.
Interior photos of the church of San Tommaso di Villanova.
Typical Streets Scenes