Papal palace

A new train service from the Vatican to the Pope’s summer residence will transport tourists each Saturday to the village of Castel Gandolfo, the summer estate of the Popes.

Departing from St Peter’s railway station in Vatican City, the train climbs through vineyards and olive groves up into the Alban Hills until it reaches Castel Gandolfo where a new museum has been created in a part of the apostolic palace. Boasting a collection of papal vestments, the red velvet chair in which Popes were once transported, and a selection of uniforms worn by members of the papal household, the museum also records each pope’s year of death and final resting place. There are also superb views across the volcanic lake and surrounding countryside, all the way to Rome.

The new attraction follows on from plain-living Pope Francis’ opening of the Vatican’s extensive gardens to the public.

Pre-bookings can be made on the Vatican Museums website,

Vatican gardens

 The Vatican Gardens