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Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo is one of the Castelli Romani, one of the hill towns around Rome. It is situated on the edge of a volcanic lake, which makes for cooler weather than Rome and marvelous scenery.

Most tourists never make it to Castel Gandolfo, which is too bad - or maybe not, since even in July, you can walk the streets at night and be the only tourists in town!

The photo here is taken from just down the hill inside the crater. It's hard to tell but I think the dome in the center of the photo is a part of an observatory on the Papal Palace.

The Volcanic Lake

Volcanos have been an important part of Italian history. Recall the events that occurred with Mount Vesuvius in the area of Naples, and the current eruptions of Mt. Etna today in Sicily.

This volcano is now extinct, and the crater has filled with water.

The Papal Palace

Rome in the summer becomes quite warm. However, towns arround Rome in the hills are not only cooler, but the breezes off the water make Castel Gandolfo considerably more comfortable than Rome in August.

For this reason, the Pope traditionally comes to his palace here in Castel Gandolfo every year in late July and stays for about 6 weeks.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lovely small hill town near Rome
  • Cons:not on the beaten path
  • In a nutshell:more Italy than the big cities
  • Last visit to Castel Gandolfo: Feb 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ines2003's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Great pages and pics of excellent places youve been to - wish I had more time and that it took less time to look at everyones pages

    • mccalpin's Profile Photo
      Jan 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Gracias, Ines, eras muy gentil! Soy tambien el "travel editor" por las paginas de la Travel Guide por Castel Gandolfo (Castel Gandolfo Travel Guide, donde he escribido algunas cosas mas del la ciudad(-ita) ;-) Bill

    • mccalpin's Profile Photo
      Jan 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      ay, chihuahua! "eres", no "eras"!!! ;-)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    I really like these type of villages and Italy has so many. You did a great job of showing the village and the culture.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    Beautiful restaurants on the lake. Yes, with that kind of a view it's not so important what's on the menu. Glad there is good train service from Rome.

  • Aafia's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    Greetings from Cape Breton. I'm still enjoying your many Italian pages. I had good friends in Castelgondolfo, and you're right, there were not to many tourists there. Cheers.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2006 at 9:51 PM

    This looks like a place to go to.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2006 at 3:00 PM

    Back for a revisit

  • Sue08080's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2006 at 5:27 PM

    Great look at some small towns in Italy!

  • rubbersoul75's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2006 at 10:44 PM

    Thanks for the great tip! we'll try to make our way here if we can confirm the Pope will be here, (20-24 July) and also his public appearance time... noon angelus on sunday like the Vatican if by chance you know? ciao

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2006 at 9:30 PM

    a nice little page Bill, l recently read a novel thet mentioned Castel Gandalfo, its nice to put a picture to a name

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2005 at 8:48 PM

    next time in Italy I'll go there and make a page Bill! actually if you wanted a glimpse of the pope this sounds a lovely way.

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