• The Popes
Summer residence, (Residenza Papale in Italian) is a 17th
century building designed by Carlo Maderno for
Pope Urban VIII. The papal palace, and the adjoining
Villa Barberini that was added to the complex by Pius
XI have enjoyed extraterritorial rights since the signature of
the 1929 treaty with Italy.
The papal palace
remained unused from 1870 until 1929. Pope Pius XII
(1958) and Paul VI (1978) died at Castel Gandolfo.
This small town lies on the border of the Albano lake.
The site of the papal palace, rebuilt on the ruins of the former
castle, partly occupies the foundations of a summer residence of the
Emperor Domitian that occupied 14 km˛ (5.4 square miles).
The baroque and
renaissance style are mostly present in the Villa Barberini
which houses Bernini's masterpieces.
From a wide breath on the shores of the Albano lake to the fountain of
the main square passing by the Palace.
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