The town has been inhabited since the days of Ancient Rome and has a population of approximately 8,700 people. It is home to a number of historical landmarks and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. The town is a hub of activity during the summer months, when the Pope visits to escape the heat of Rome.
The town is also home to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, a stunning collection of villas, parks and gardens that were built for the papal family throughout the centuries. The villas offer visitors a unique glimpse into the life of the papacy and are a must-see for any history or art enthusiast.