A real Vatican-Day full of surprises, history, art and beauty and the Pope’s good organic food prepared by you
from 1999 – 2019
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The Papal Summer residence rises on the origin of ancient Rome, Alba Longa, the capital of the Latin League, so one of the tales of the origin of Rome 3000 years ago.
Then in the 4th cent. BC the Etruscan carved an emmissary in the lake to keep control of its waters since the lake is an extinct vulcano. Then in the 1st century AD Emperor Domitian built his palace on tha very same spot.
In the middle ages it was a monastery and then a Feudal Landship belonging to the Gandolfi Family until 1596 when Pope Clement VII decided to turn it into his summer residence. It is at this point that the property transforms itself and by 1623 Pope Urban XIV started restructuring and Alexandrer VII hires Gian Lorenzo Bernini as architect and thus the beginning of the Papal Palace begins.
And in the 1700 under Pope Benedict XIII more restructuring.
In 1870, the date of the unity of Italy, the villa and grounds were abandoned. When the Vatican was created as a neutral country in 1929 then the porperty became part of the Vatican country and the astronomical observatory was moved from the Vatican City to Castel Gandolfo.
This begins and new era for the Palace and grounds. The Popes make this their summer palace and a swimming pool is added by Pope John Paul II in the gardens along with the ruins of Emperor Domitians Palace.
Today you are invited to this location full of history and beauty and can visit and enjoy being part of its history.
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