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Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Castel Gandolfo: – Castel Gandolfo is a charming town in the Lazio region of Italy, about 25 km southeast of Rome. It is famous for being the summer residence of the popes, who enjoy the cool breeze and the panoramic view of Lake Albano. The town is also rich in history, culture, and nature, offering visitors a variety of attractions and activities. One of the main highlights of Castel Gandolfo is the Apostolic Palace, which was built in the 17th century on the ruins of an ancient villa of Emperor Domitian. The palace is now a museum that displays the papal apartments, the chapel, and the library. Visitors can also admire the beautiful Barberini Gardens, which cover 55 hectares of land and feature fountains, statues, and ancient ruins. Another attraction in Castel Gandolfo is the Collegiate Church of St. Thomas of Villanova, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century. The church has a baroque facade and a dome decorated with frescoes by Pietro da Cortona. The church also houses a relic of St. Thomas of Villanova, the patron saint of the town. Castel Gandolfo is also a great place to enjoy nature and outdoor activities. The town overlooks Lake Albano, a volcanic lake that offers swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities. The lake is also surrounded by a scenic path that can be explored by foot or by bike. The town is also part of the Regional Park of Castelli Romani, which protects the natural and cultural heritage of the Alban Hills. Castel Gandolfo is a perfect destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Rome and experience a different side of Italy. It is a member of the I Borghi più belli d’Italia (“The most beautiful villages of Italy”) association, which recognizes its beauty and charm. Whether you are interested in history, art, or nature, Castel Gandolfo has something for everyone.

Via Ercolano is a street in Castel Gandol which runs from Via Garibaldi to Via Appia Nuova. (Photos 1-2-3-4) – Piazza Cesare Battisti is a square in the town of Castel Gandolfo, in the province of Rome, Italy. It is named after Cesare Battisti, an Italian patriot and politician who was executed by the Austrians during World War I. The square is located near the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, which was the summer residence of the popes from 1604 to 2016. ( Photos 5-6-7-8) The square also hosts the The Church of Madonna della Cona is a small church located near the historic center of Castel Gandolfo. It is also known as the Church of Santa Maria della Cona. It was built in the 17th century and contains a painting of the Virgin Mary attributed to Guido Reni, a famous Italian painter of the Baroque period. The church is decorated with a simple facade, a small entrance portal, a circular rose window and two rectangular windows. The church is situated close to the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, which was the summer residence of the popes for more than three centuries. From the church, youChurch of Madonna della Cona, a 17th-century church that contains a painting of the Virgin Mary attributed to Guido Reni. ( Photo 28) – Via Massimo D’ Azeglio is a street in Castel Gandol which runs from Corso Giacomo Matteotti to Piazza della Libertà. (Photos 9-10-11) – Piazza della Libertà is the main square of Castel Gandolfo. It is a place of historical and cultural interest, as well as a scenic spot to enjoy the beauty of nature. The square is named after Cesare Battisti, an Italian patriot and politician who was executed by the Austrians during World War I. The square is located near the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, which was the summer residence of the popes from 1604 to 2016. The square is adorned by two masterpieces of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a renowned Italian architect and sculptor of the Baroque era. One is the fountain in the center of the square, which features four dolphins and four masks spouting water. The other is the Church of San Tommaso da Villanova. (Photos 13-14-17-18)

The Church of San Tommaso da Villanova is the main Catholic church of Castel Gandolfo. The church was built in the 17th century by the famous architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who also designed the St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain in Rome. The church is dedicated to St. Thomas of Villanova, a Spanish bishop and saint who was known for his charity and generosity to the poor. The church has a beautiful facade with four statues of saints and a large dome that dominates the town square. The interior is decorated with frescoes, paintings, and sculptures by various artists, such as Carlo Maratta, Pietro da Cortona, and Alessandro Algardi. The church also contains the relics of St. Thomas of Villanova and St. Nilus of Rossano, a Byzantine monk and saint who founded a monastery nearby. (Photos 14-15-10) – Corso della Repubblica is a street in Castel Gandol which runs from Piazza della Libertà to Via Carlo Rosselli. (Photos 20-21-22-23) – Via Arco Scuole Pie is very short a street in Castel Gandol which offers a panoramic view of Lake Albano, a volcanic crater lake that is part of the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani. (Photos 24-25-26)

The cuisine of Castel Gandolfo – Is a blend of Roman and local traditions, with a focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients from the surrounding countryside and Lake Albano. Some of the special foods of Castel Gandolfo are: – Porchetta:- a roasted pork dish seasoned with herbs and spices, usually served sliced in a sandwich or as a main course. Porchetta is a typical street food in Castel Gandolfo and other towns in the province of Rome. Mozzarella di bufala:- a fresh cheese made from the milk of water buffaloes, which are raised in the Pontine Marshes near Castel Gandolfo. Mozzarella di bufala is soft, creamy, and slightly tangy, and can be eaten on its own or with bread, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil. Gnocchi alla romana:- a type of pasta made from semolina flour, butter, eggs, and cheese, shaped into small disks and baked in the oven. Gnocchi alla romana is a traditional dish served on the 29th of every month in Castel Gandolfo and other parts of Lazio.  Ciambelle al vino:- a type of cookie made with flour, sugar, oil, and wine, usually red or white. Ciambelle al vino are crunchy, crumbly, and slightly sweet, and are often dipped in wine or coffee as a snack or dessert. Frascati wine:- a white wine produced in the nearby town of Frascati, which has a long history of winemaking dating back to ancient times. Frascati wine is light, dry, and fruity, and pairs well with seafood, cheese, and vegetables.

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Photo Gallery of Walk in Castel Gandolfo – Via Ercolano to Piazza Battisti
Approximately 1.09 km – 0.68 miles

The walk starts in Via Ercolano – Piazza Battisti – Via Massimo D’ Azeglio – Via Vigna Di Corte – Piazza della Libertà – Parrocchia di San Tommaso da Villanova, Piazza della Libertà – Via Oratorio – Corso della Repubblica –  Via Carlo Rosselli – Via S. Lucia Filippini – Via Arco Scuole Pie – Via de Zecchini – Via Saponara – Via Palazzo Pontificio – Via Roma – Piazza della Libertà – Via Massimo D’ Azeglio – Piazza Battisti