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Castel Gandolfo

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 | 15 comments

A quick 40 minute train ride out of Rome (toward Albano) and you come upon Castel Gandolfo, mostly known because it’s the historic summer home of the Pope and they still conduct Papal Audience’s there in August. Today I didn’t go in search of the Pope, but to enjoy a little time at the lake with a good friend who will soon be leaving Rome. I’m not a big lake person to be honest after growing up swimming in the ocean, but it was a nice change of pace. Once you get off the train it’s about a 10 minute walk downhill to the lake and you can choose from different docks. Be warned! The shallow part of the lake has extremely soft and deep mud so you can’t just walk in. And yes, this comes from me not thinking that everyone was swimming in a certain area and then getting stuck for a minute in knee high mud that ended up cutting my legs 🙁 However! Apart from that it was a beautiful day and we took a paddle boat out to the middle of the lake (not far from the pontoon in this photo) and lounging and jumped into the water (no mud situation if you do this). It’s not quite the ocean, but it was nice to be surrounded by some nature for a change. I just hope my legs don’t get scars!

Oh yeah….another good part is that the train is just €1.90 each way!


  1. i so love this lake…
    it's so beautiful there and indeed a great place to escape the heat of the City.

  2. the color contrast here is great.

  3. WOW!
    Your photos are great! I'm a fan 🙂

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  4. I so envy these people.

  5. that looks gorgeous!

    i'm visiting italy this october with my family and all your pictures make me even more excited for my trip!

  6. Good morning, Jessica. It's always a surprise, when you've uploaded a new photo.
    Wow – great shot!
    Have a nice weekend.
    Steven D!

  7. I'm an ocean person too!

    Were the temps cooler there?

    Bella photo.

  8. beautiful-it made me wish I hadn't just seen it one evening out of a car window.
    Really strong photo, well done.

  9. Colors are awesome=looks so inviting -wish I could jump in

  10. i love ocean too, but this lake has a very deep blue, beautiful color!

  11. Wow the colour of the water is just fabulous! i just read your message on imagekind, I haven't had much luck there either 🙁 Good luck with the new website! best, Elora

  12. such a great photo!

  13. The color of the water is unbelievable. I'm with you on the ocean thing. I grew up in San Diego and am now living in land-locked Switzerland. I put up with the lake thing, and have been known to enjoy a dip or two, but I just don't get it…

  14. Hey everyone, glad the lake is popular! The colors are amazing huh? I will admit I used photoshop to get the greens out more but the water was that clear. Amanda, glad you can relate!

    Lee – Have fun on your trip and I hope the blog gives you some inspiration.

    Chloe – Now you've got to go back in the day.

  15. Elora – Thanks for commenting! Congrats on being chosen as a guest photo on the Carey Adventures. I'll be sure to pop over and see what you post.

    NYC – Yes, I would say it was a bit cooler there. Suppose it always is in the country no?

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