Visitors to tour summer papal villas

From Vatican Station to Castel Gandolfo, Albano Laziale

(ANSA) - Vatican City, September 11 - Tourists to the Vatican will be able to take a train to locations formerly closed to the public, including the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and papal villas outside of Rome, thanks to an agreement announced Friday between the Vatican Museums and Italy's state railway carrier F.S. Italiane.
    The train service will take visitors from the historic Vatican Station to inside the Papal States and on towards Castel Gandolfo and Albano Laziale outside of Rome, where papal villas are located. "The pontifical villas, for a century inaccessible secret summer papal residences, will be open to the public and arriving by train, the most 'of the people' and democratic mode of transport," said Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums.
    "As an art historian, I think of the visitors' amazement when they see the splendor of these villas," Paolucci said.
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