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The Pope’s too Busy at the Vatican So He’s Opening His Vacation Gardens to the Public

Reforming the Vatican is a lot of work, so it’s no wonder Pope Francis has decided to spend his summer working in Rome instead of visiting the traditional papal summer house. But just because he isn’t going to enjoy Castel Gandolfo’s opulent seaside gardens—where popes and emperors have walked since the 1500s—doesn’t mean the beauty shouldn’t be shared. He’s ordered that the gardens (pictured below) now be opened to the public. Visitors can enjoy the historic terraces and expertly maintained gardens and farms each morning through guided tours …

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