Pope Francis Opens Private Summer Residence to the Public

Castel Gandolfo

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to vacation like a pope, you can find out with a visit to the pontiff’s private summer residence. Pope Francis made the gardens of the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo open to the public in 2014, but only now have 20 new rooms been made accessible to tourists and pilgrims. The rooms include a private chapel, a study, a library, and a bedroom. In addition to the recently revealed rooms, the tour of the 17th-century papal getaway, located approximately 15 miles outside Rome, includes a visit to Pope Benedict’s organic farm.

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