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Facilities and Recreation


Outdoor sports are well catered for at Palazzola.  The garden terrace offers delightful walks with spectacular views of Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo and Rome. At the end of the terrace garden is the volley ball court beside the magnificent 25 metre swimming pool.  During the long lazy days of summer this is a popular spot with our guests who alternate sunbathing with a leisurely swim.  It is open from May to October. There is also a pool bar “La Dolce Vita” which is open from July 15th until 15th August, where ice creams, soft drinks and beers are sold.

Above the gardens is a tennis court, which has been recently refurbished with the generous help of the Friends of the Venerabile, and a large open field suitable for various ball games.

If you feel like a longer walk the lakeside path is perfect, although due to a landslide in 2014 the access to this is via the tennis court and playing field area.  Walking through the woods to Albano or Castel Gandolfo with ever-changing views of the lake is delightful and takes 45 minutes to an hour depending on how fast you walk.  Apart from the last stretch it is traffic-free. Albano has most kinds of shops, bars, restaurants, ATMs, a post office and a supermarket.

If you prefer a longer walk, just before the main road take the path which leads down to the lakeside and you can even dip your toes in the cool waters of Lake Albano.

During the winter months the games room (Hume room) can be used for pool and table tennis.

Rocca di Papa, the nearest town to Palazzola, clings to the hillside of Monte Cavo and can be reached on foot within fifty minutes on a quiet, almost traffic-free road.  Or you can walk to nearby Nemi with its own lake, passing by Diana’s Grove made famous in James Frazer’s The Golden Bough. Nemi is renowned for its delicious Alpine strawberries (fragolini) grown along the lakeshore.