Village of Castel Gandolfo Municipality of Castel Gandolfo Province of Rome Lazio Region
inhabitants: 8.997 altitude center: 426 m a.s.l.
The Municipality is part of I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Protected natural areas: Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani
Municipality of Castel Gandolfo Piazza Libertà, 7 - Castel Gandolfo (RM) tel: 069359181
In a splendid position overlooking Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo is situated on the brink of a volcanic crater. The town is known for the beauty of the surrounding nature and its elegant old town centre encircled by the walls. It was elected as one of “The most beautiful villages in Italy” (I borghi più belli d’italia). Above all, the small town is famous for the Palazzo Pontificio where the Popes spent their summers since the 17th century. After all, Castel Gandolfo and the neighbouring towns were the favourite place to build summer residences since the Roman era, initially by Patrician families and emperors and later by the high clergy and Roman aristocracy. Evidence of the Roman time are the remains of the Villa di Domiziano to which the Ninfeo Bergantino belongs. The villas and other residences surviving to this day, such as the Church of San Tommaso di Villanova, were mostly built starting from the 17th century when Castel gandolfo became property of the the Holy See. Its history is very ancient as its origins go back to the town of Alba Longa.
Nemi is the smallest village of the Castelli Romani and is located in the center of the Colli Albani. Known for the cultivation of strawberries on the shores of Lake Nemi, the relative festival takes place every year on the first Sunday of June.
The Lanuvina tourist offer offers a rich calendar of popular and religious festivals, among which the Music Festival in June stands out. Another element of pride of this village of ancient origins is the Colli Lanuvini DOP wine
The historic villages of Lombardy perfectly preserve the food and wine traditions of the area, thanks to the expert hands of the housewives who have been able to pass on the secrets of the oldest cuisine in this region.