VILLA DEL CARDINALE
This “late renaissance" hunting lodge was originally built two thousand years ago over the ruins of a Patrician Villa where consuls used to celebrate their "Feriae Latinae" as a tribute to Iuppiter Latiaris.
A real jewel of this solitary place is the well-known II century sepulchre of the Età Volgare adorned with consular and pontifical insignians attributed to Gneo Scipione Ispalo. During the XVII centhury Prince Egidio, the third-born son of the Colonna family and the younger brother of Cardinal Gerolamo, began the hospitality of the Villa.
As¨Patriarch of Jerusalem' and 'Archbishop of Amasia', he was in the habit of giving numerous feasts in honour of the Pontifical Court of Castel Gandolfo, which was connected to the Villa trough the via Alessandrina, a dense carriage connection.
Between myth and reality, according to a legend, the Villa and the annexed convent will go under the water when the great treasure is found. Many have strived to find out the truth behind the old story, but for now the complex still solidly remains attached to the Alban cliff.
Since 2014 an important valorisation's project promoted by the Vatican State allows millions of tourists to visit Pope's Palace and the Vatican Gardens (Ville Pontificie) which have been opened for the first in history; both considered jewels of Castelli Romani; in particular the Ville Pontificie, far only 300 mt from the hotel with its 66 hectars in compares with the 44 of Vatican City in Rome.
Thanks to an evocative natural and archeological context, the visitors can admire the amazing landscape glimpsing far-off the small dome of St Peter Church, among secular trees and ruins of the Imperial Theatre with an orginal Crypto – Portico, part of the preexisting Domitano's Villa.
During the Tour, you might also be able to appreciate the Vatican Farms with their high quality biological products, well known in the whole area.
Furthermore with a walking distance of 500 mt, our guests can easily reach Castel Gandolfo and visit the Apostolic Palace, the Pope's summer estate which features oil paintings of popes dating back to the 16th century and their vestments.
In order to discover the Vatican Gardens it's higly recommendable to book in advance trough the website:
WALKING ITINERARIES – TREKKING
This lovely 10 Km walking path around Albano's Lake will let you discover several nymphaeums known as Ninfeo Dorico, Ninfeo Bergantino, originally parts of the Domitian 's Villa and the important construction of the Albano's emissary, one of the earliest and strategically mostimportant hydraulic engineering works.
Castel Gandolfo was built over the crater and overlooking the Albano lake, offers its visitators the opportunity to indulge in several water sports, such as canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking and fishing.
The Riding Cente is just 10 min far (by car) from Castel Vecchio, in the earth of the green area called Pratoni del Vicaro; this place is well-known among the riding enthusiasts of all disciplines; an ideal place for those who practise horse jumping, dressage or endurance. The Federal Equestrian Centre, covering most of the area, has a great experience, being provided with many attracting itineraries.