Many popes chose to escape the heat of Rome for peaceful towns in the Eternal City's surrounding hills.
Summer is the travel season par excellence. And indeed traveling during the summer has been a long-held practice for many popes across the centuries. From Anagni to Castelgandolfo, popes have left a profound mark in the places they chose as their summer residences.
Anagni, the “Town of Popes”
The hilltop town of Anagni, founded in Roman times and mostly developed during the Middle Ages, was the place where many Roman emperors chose to spend their summers to escape the heat of Rome. Located 43 miles from Rome, in the Ciociaria region, Anagni later became known as the “Town of Popes” due to the fact that four popes called the region home, and because many popes choose to spend part of their summers here.