Exactly what we wanted as our final view of Italy.
Posted Mar 22, 2016
We needed to find a room for our final night of 2 weeks in Italy. We had a rental car so it had to be within an hour drive of FCO airport, have safe parking, yet offer something new. Looking at a relief map of Rome, we noticed an old volcano with a lake in it. Hello Lago Albano. On the south of the lake is Castel Gandolfo, and the Castel Vecchio Hotel. Expedia helped us book a "Room with a View" at an otherwise full hotel. The room overlooked the lake and the towns around it. It was exactly what we wanted.
While the hotel does have a dining room, there were no reservations available for Saturday night. The desk staff offered us other options and then made reservations for us at Bucci, (where we enjoyed a wonderful dinner) which was a beautiful 10 minute walk away.
We ended the evening on the rooftop pool deck watching the lights of Rome in the distance and the lake shimmering below us. The sunrise over the caldera was magnificent, sun spilling into our room. By checkout time, the lake was busy with a huge crew regatta with maybe 100 or more boats and crews.