Thursday 14 December 2017

Lise Hand: No long goodbye as God's foot-soldier heads for house on the hill

It's called Piazza della Liberta. Freedom Square. It's a picturesque cobbled rectangle, bordered on three sides by yellow and terracotta buildings, each with wooden shutters of pale blue or mint green.

On the fourth side of this pretty square stands Castel Gandolfo, which has served as the summer sanctuary and winter hideaway for weary Popes over four centuries.

It's a peaceful spot – the 135-acre villa is perched atop a hillside dotted with cypress trees overlooking Lake Albano.

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