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    Parish Church

    by shavy Updated Oct 11, 2014

    Is something you can't missed is the only church in this square. The church is a simple white yet beautifully designed structure with Lutheran round tower.
    We haven't seen the interior of the church, the bunch of groups are just getting inside when we arrive.

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    The Apostolic Palace

    by shavy Updated Oct 11, 2014

    They called it papal summer residence because it was to be comfortable to live, hot in Rome during the summer, many popes traveled at that time to higher places. Always, they were staying over as a guest in castles and palaces of cardinals or other nobles. However Urbanus longed for a private summer residence. He chose Castel Gandolfo because he was convinced that the climate there very good for health.

    The name Castel Gandolfo literally means Gandolfo fortress. The origin of this name is uncertain. Possibly related to a present there fortress that would have been the Genoese duke sex Gandolfi. Held Another hypothesis is that the name refers to the person Gandulphi Sabinorum (Gandolfo Savelli), a descendant of the Savelli family, which received the castle in the 13th century in possession.

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    Piazza del Plebiscito

    by shavy Updated Oct 11, 2014

    The square is where you have a good view of the historical monument. Here, you'll dozens of local shops, restaurants and cafes. And this is also a place where visitors gather. There were a small fountain in the middle and a Christmas tree, although it didn't looked so impressive standing in this square

    In Piazza del Plebiscito is where you can admire the exterior of the Palace. You can walk beyond it where you came out to the garden. Coming here in the summer probably very busy. On our way up here, the streets where we pass through were line up with restaurants/cafe. And when we arrive at the square, I was surprise there were still many more of the restaurants with terraces even during winter

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    Church of San Tommaso di Villanova

    by icunme Updated Aug 24, 2009

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    The church of San Tommaso di Villanova is right there in Piazza Liberta, just a short way from the Papal Palace and it is credited to Bernini. Well worth a visit inside. The church was built in 1659 and is one of the masterpieces of Gian-lorenzo Bernini, who just happens to be my one of my favorites. With a Greek-cross baseand important stuccos realized by Antonio Raggi - they frame the works of Pietro da Cortona, Giacinto Gemignani, Guglielmo Cortese. The Crypt below has other interesting frescos dating back to XV century.
    Photo 1 - Exterior
    Photo 2 - Interior altar
    Photo 3 - Marble floor

    Altar Marble floor
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    GANDOLFO Via Saponara - candy for your camera

    by icunme Written Aug 24, 2009

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    Via Saponara is a path down the right side from the terrace facing the lake - here you will see views that your camera will devour with much delight.
    (Trekky - this is especially for you, my friend!)

    Flower clad balconies and terraces Camera candy!
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    Walk up the hill to Papal entrance

    by icunme Updated Aug 24, 2009

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    Your virtual tour with me begins here, on the path up to the Papal Palace. Once you have made the short trip from Rome to Castel Gandolfo by car or by bus, you will alight at the bottom of a short hill where there is parking and the Cotral bus stop - from there, the path leads up to the Pope's residence. Enjoy the ascent and stop by the Tourist Information kiosk along the way - you will find interesting information about the Castelli Romani (12 towns along Lake Albano) - the lake itself - medieval villages (especially the most charming Rocca di Papa).

    Pathway up to Papal Palace entrance My
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    Papal Blessing at Castel Gandolfo - Aug/Sept

    by icunme Updated Aug 24, 2009

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    Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during the Angelus prayer from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 - his first public appearance since having the cast removed from his broken right wrist. The pontiff jokingly said that his hand was "freed" but still a bit lazy. He clearly favored his left hand while blessing the people gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence, but he was able to bless the crowd with his right hand. The wrist remained covered with a white bandage.

    Following is the August & September schedule for the Pope's appearance and Papal Blessing in the Piazza at Castel Gandolfo
    August 23
    Angelus and Papal Blessing 12:00 PM - at Castel Gandolfo
    August 26
    Papal Audience
    August 30
    Angelus and Papal Blessing 12:00 PM at Castel Gandolfo
    (NAC New Men were presented to the Pope in 2008)
    September 2009 (Important Info for Summer 2009)

    September 2
    Papal Audience
    September 6
    Angelus and Blessing 12:00 PM - at Castel Gandolfo
    September 9
    Papal Audience
    September 13
    Angelus and Papal Blessing 12:00 PM - at Castel Gandolfo
    September 16
    Papal Audience
    September 20
    Angelus and Papal Blessing 12:00 PM at Castel Gandolfo
    Photo 2 - Papal Residence entrance with Swiss Guard
    Photo 3 - Piazza Liberta facing Papal Residence
    Photo 4 - Papal Entrance close-up

    Pope gives blessing August 23, 2009
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    Capuccino with the locals

    by icunme Written Aug 24, 2009

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    Looking away from the Papal Palace, at the other end of Piazza Liberta, you will see this lovely cobblestone pathway with many outdoor cafes and lots of conversation flowing.
    Photo 2 - Far end of Piazza Liberta

    Enjoy an outdoor cafe along the way Far end of Piazza Liberta - Opposite Papal Palace
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    Enjoy the view of Lago Albano

    by icunme Written Aug 24, 2009

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    We asked a kind gentleman to take a photo of us on the terrace - and here is the view of Lago Albano from the upper city Castel Gandolfo - just below the Piazza Liberta.
    Photo 2 - Best view

    Another view from the terrace
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    Panoramic vistas unparalled

    by icunme Written Aug 24, 2009

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    As you exit the Church of San Tomas in Piazza Liberta, make an immediate left to the top of the little cobblestone pathway and you will be greeted by this spectacular vista - it will draw you down and into it - to the terrace where you will see the vast expanse of Lago Albano. Have your camera handy!

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    Take a bath in the Lake of Albano

    by Tetreus Written Nov 12, 2005

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    In the summer we always went to the lake of Albano.........swimming or just taking the sun on the beach.

    In the weekends it can be crowdy and you have to come early to find a parkingplace, during the week it's very quiet.

    Not only swimming can be down, you can also rent a canoe or a little sailingboat.
    Lessons are also available.

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    The View to the Lake

    by LuisGuimaraes Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Lake Albano is the reason why this region is called "Colli Albani", and the views over it from several villages are very nice, specially from Castelgandolfo.

    Look @ it through the houses, walk in the path above and parallel to it, try and go down if you have strength!

    Wonderful mountain and peaceful atmosphere, for a great day-out of town! And Rome and its movement ask for some relax!

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    Swiss Guard

    by btrix Written Sep 15, 2004

    .... The Guard serves not only as a Guard of Honour but also keep order every time the Pope is in public, that is for liturgical celebrations in St. Peter's Basilica, at the General Audiences.

    "I swear I will faithfully, loyally and honourably serve the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II and his legitimate successors, and also dedicate myself to them with all my strength, sacrificing if necessary also my life to defend them. I assume this same commitment with regard to the Sacred College of Cardinals whenever the See is vacant.

    Furthermore I promise to the Commanding Captain and my other superiors, respect, fidelity and obedience. This I swear! May God and our Holy Patrons assist me!"

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    Papal Audience II

    by btrix Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    Summer Audiences at Castel Gandolfo do not require tickets
    but you must journey out of Rome in order to attend.

    The Audience starts at 10.30pm!
    And lasts about 30minutes....

    **Pleae note :
    For each of Summer Audience, the Papal Household
    will make the decision the day before.
    Whether the Holy Father will come to Rome or hold
    the event at Castel Gandolfo.

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    Papal Audience

    by btrix Written Sep 15, 2004

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    Since the summer weather is too hot to stay in Rome,
    The Pope comes to this place during the summer time.

    So for The Papal Audience, every wednesday, which scheduled held in Paul VI Hall to the left of St. Peter's Square, will also changed to this Papal Summer residence.

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Castel Gandolfo Things to Do

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There are basically three things to do in Castel Gandolfo:
  • visit the Pope in his summer palace (generally late July to early September),
  • have lunch in one of the restaurants...

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