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  • The traditional summer residence of the pope on a hilltop above Lake Albano is opening to the public for the first time on Oct. 21, 2016. Castel Gandolfo, just 12 miles from Rome, has been little used by Pope Francis who found it "too luxurious." The 135-acre complex was built in the 17th century and has been used by almost every pope since. It includes a working farm that supplies the Vatican with eggs, dairy and produce. Visitors will be able to glimpse the bed where Popes Pius XII and Paul VI died and where John Paul II recovered from an assassination attempt.
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  • The papal apartment at the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo in the Alban hills, south of Rome, is to open to the public for the first time ever. An exterior view of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • Stairs leading to the pope's private apartment in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • The pope's bedroom is pictured in Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • A view of the clock parlor during a preview of the opening to the public of the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo organized by the Directorate of the Pontifical Villas and the Management of the Vatican Museums, Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • The gallery of Alexander VII in the Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • The throne room of the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • For the first time, the chambers used by the pope in the Vatican residence can be visited by tourists. According to Pope Francisco, from Oct. 21, the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo will add to other areas of the residence already visited by tourists, including the Italian gardens and the gallery of portraits of popes.
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  • A man works on the restoration of the amphitheater in the gardens of pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, on March 22, 2014.
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  • A view of the Consistory Hall in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • A view of the pope's apartment in Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • The gallery of Alexander VII of the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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  • A view of the pope's apartment in Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, Oct. 21, 2016.
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