On Friday the Grand Tour students, faculty, and interns went on a day trip to Castel Gandolfo (also known as the Pope’s summer residence). We took a scenic train ride from the Termini Train Station to Castel Gandolfo, where the RSAE Director Romina received us. Romina, being a native of Castel Gandolfo, was very eager to show us around the small town. We started off the day by a visit to Lake Albano, a beautiful volcanic crater lake. Everyone spent the morning sunbathing, while the students and interns played frisbee and kayaked.
After our pleasant morning at the lake, we all made our way up to town and had a delicious lunch at Sor Capanna, one of Castel Gandolfo’s oldest restaurants. Everything was homemade and fresh. It was definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in Italy so far! We then visited the Church of St. Thomas, which was designed by Gianlorenzo Benini, and continued onto a walking tour of the beautiful little town. Castel Gandolfo overlooks lake Albano, making it a great place for all the photography students to get great shots due to all the scenery and beauty. After a long week of classes and work, our day trip to Castel Gandolfo was well deserved and very much needed!