Christmas at the Borgo

From the first week of December the streets of Castel Gandolfo come alive with a series of events on the occasion of the arrival of Christmas. It all starts with the opening of the market, wooden houses with artisans and producers housed in the square in front of the Pope’s Read more…

Feast of the Madonna del Lago

On 25 August in Castel Gandolfo on Lake Albano is celebration of the “Madonna del Lago”, the patron saint of the town, with a very heartfelt ceremony. It begins with a solemn mass followed by a procession that arrives from the village to the shore of the lake, here the Read more…

Festival of Peach

The last Sunday of July in the historical district celebrates fishing, sipping drinks, tasting jams, cakes and fruit salads. On Sunday morning, young costumed Castellans climb from the village up to the Papal Palace to deliver baskets filled with fruit to the Holy Father as a sign of devotion. During Read more…

Galleries

The galleries are illusory tree-lined streets created by Urban VIII to cheer the hard journey from Rome to the Castelli. The term derives from the treetops of the Gallery that form a tunnel (galleria). The pope loved walking on the ridge above the lake, and built two roads: the Galleria Read more…

Bergantino Nyphaeum

The “Bergantino” nymphaeum, called “Diana’s Baths”, was asked for by the emperor Domitian, inspired by that of Tiberius in Sperlonga. A natural cave (perhaps a pozzolan quarry) was adapted with tanks and structured environments comprised of walls of mixed materials. The side walls were covered with huge slabs of marble Read more…

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