Castel Gandolfo (Lazio)

Castel Gandolfo is a town located 25 kilometres southeast of Rome in the Lazio region. Occupying a height on the Alban Hills overlooking Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo is considered one of Italy's most scenic towns. Within the town's boundaries lies the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo which served as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope, the leader of the Catholic Church. Although the palace is located within the borders of Castel Gandolfo, it had extraterritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See and was not under Italian jurisdiction. It is now open as a museum. The resort community includes almost the whole coastline of Lake Albano which is surrounded by many summer residences, villas, and cottages built during the 17th century. It houses the Stadio Olimpico that staged the rowing events during the Rome Olympics. Castel Gandolfo has several places of archaeological interest including the Emissario del Lago Albano and the remains of the Villa of Domitian. The area is included within the boundaries of the Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani (Regional Park of Castelli Romani). There are also many points of artistic interest, such as the Collegiate Church of St. Thomas of Villanova, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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Recipes From Lazio

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Try this particular punch 'ponce alla romana' which was commonly served at ‘fancy dinner parties’ in 19th-century Italy.
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Zucchini are currently in season in Italy and our writer Coral Sisk has just the recipe for a classic Italian dish. 

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Our latest Italian recipe of the week is a drool-worthy chicken saltimbocca from writer Amy Gulick of The Bittersweet Gourmet 

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Our recipe of the week is pasta alla gricia from our featured food blogger, Amy Gulick, of The Bittersweet Gourmet

What others are saying about Lazio

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We will be traveling to Rome in late April and will be spending 3 months in Italy in 2021.  We would love to meet someone for coffee while we are in Rome just to talk about life in Italy as an expat.  We are considering moving to Italy and are doing our research.  Anyone interested in meeting up?

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Hello.

Does anyone know of a gardener and/or handyman in the Bolsena, Acquapendente, San Lorenzo Nuovo area? Thank you for any help you can offer.

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Hello I am travelling to Picinisco in a few weeks.