The name of the interesting village of Castel Gandolfo comes from the castle, built by the Gandolfi family in the 12th century and, today, the borgo is famous for its stunning Papal Palace, embellished by several masterpieces by acclaimed sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Torlonia Gardens, too, are worth a visit: they are occupied by vegetable patches taken care of by residents and by the amazing Ibernesi Archeological Park, containing some of the remains of Emperor Domitian’s villa. While here enjoy bucatini all’amatriciana -pasta with spicy tomato sauce, pancetta and pecorino romano cheese- and locally caught lattarini, small and flavorful lake fish, and wash it down with Colli Albani wine.

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