Castel Gandolfo is one of several small scenic towns bordering Lake Albano. The town, a hidden gem located a train’s ride away from the city-centre of Rome, hosts beautiful views of the lake and mountains, a large nature preserve, a charming town, and territory of the Vatican City. Residents and visitors are even able to tour the Pope’s summer residence; the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo.
Castel Gandolfo is the perfect destination for a day trip away from the busy city. It is very calm and quiet, and has fewer visitors than other neighboring towns. It hosts some lesser known Bernini architecture and fountains, as well as beautiful art located in the Papal Palace.
If you are able to visit Castel Gandolfo, I also suggest visiting neighboring Albano and Ariccia. Ariccia, a baroque-style town, also hosts many Bernini pieces. The easiest way to reach the lake is by car (depending on traffic) or bus. I left from Termini station in Rome, and went through the Ciamino Airport station, which took less than hour collectively. I suggest visiting on a clear day, as the view is spectacular. No pictures could ever do it justice.
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