Pope’s summer residence opened to public
October 21, 2016
For the first time ever, the papal apartment in the summer residence at Castel Gandolfo was opened to the public on October 21.
A group of visitors was allowed to tour the private chapel, library, study, and bedroom that had been used by Roman Pontiffs for the past four centuries. Francis Rocca of the Wall Street Journal posted photos of the papal apartment on Facebook.
Pope Francis has chosen not to use the summer residence, breaking with tradition to remain through the summer in Rome.