Tourists that visit the Vatican will now be able to take a train to locations formerly closed to the public, thanks to an agreement between the Vatican Museums and Italy’s state railway carrier. This will include the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and papal villas outside of Rome.
The train service will take visitors from the historic Vatican Station to inside the Papal States and toward Castel Gandolfo and Albano Laziale, right outside of Rome, where the 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.”