Catholic watchers know of the summer vacation spot for popes. Astronomy buff may know of it as the location for the Vatican Observatory, run by Jesuits–even before Pope Francis. BBC has a nice video feature on Pope Francis opening up the gardens there to the public. Why wouldn’t I be surprised?
Osvaldo Gianoli, director of the residence there, has a brief interview in the segment. The gardens were acquired in 1596, developed as a papal retreat in the 17th century, and renovated under the orders of Pope Pius XI in the 1930’s.
The head gardener is pretty dry and funny, too. A tour costs 26 euros.