July 22, 2012. (Romereports.com)
The small town of Castel Gandolfo just 25 miles South of Rome has served as a vacation spot for the popes since 1626 when Urban VIII spent his holidays there.
Now, this small Italian community has become a large tourist attraction as well as an escape for those who live in the metropolis of Rome.
There are many ways to reach the town. For example, when Benedict XVI departs for his holidays there, he usually does so on-board a Vatican helicopter.
It can also be easily reached by car or by bicycle. Many people choose to travel there by bike on the ancient Roman road of the Via Appia.
A train also departs from Rome's main terminal that stops at Castel Gandolfo, making the town an easy day trip from the city.
Once there, visitors can enjoy the scenic medieval town that overlooks Lake Albano. As well as other attractions such as the town square and church of St. Thomas which were both designed by the Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.