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Coming from Rome, along the Via Appia (S.S.7), after Frattocchie, at the crossroads with the S.S. 140, at Due Santi, turn on the left, towards Castel Gandolfo. This panoramic road leads directly to the centre of the pleasant town, chosen 400 years ago from the papacy as summer resort. On Piazza della Libertà, the main square of Castel Gandolfo, it is possible to see one of the masterpieces of the architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the Church of San Tommaso da Villanova. Leave Castel Gandolfo by crossing the Galleria di Sopra or the Galleria di Sotto, two roads leading to Albano Laziale, and let's fascinate by the numerous churches of this town: the early Christian churches of San Pancrazio (Albano's cathedral), of Santa Maria della Rotonda, and of San Pietro; the church of San Francesco (17th century); the Church of Santa Maria della Stella and its wonderful catacombs; the church of San Paolo (18th century) and its square. Leaving Albano and following via Appia's path you will cross the beautiful square of Ariccia, another Bernini's masterpiece, the Church of Santa Maria dell'Assunta, built by the same artist as well as the Sanctuary of Galloro. In Genzano visit the Church of Santa Maria della Cima, the Santissima Trinità Church and the Annunziata Church. Cross Corso Don Minzoni at the centre of the Town, till the crossroads with via S. Silvestri, and follow the road signs towards Lanuvio. In Lanuvio visit the medieval Assunta Collegiate Church, and the Sanctury of the Madonna delle Grazie.
Leaving Lanuvio, cross again the Via Appia, towards Velletri. A route among the religious buildings of this town can begin with a visit to the Church of Santa Maria del Trivio, marked by its high belfry. Reach the square in front of the Town Hall, piazza Cesare Ottaviano Augusto, where it is possible to see the wonderful palace of the Town Hall, the small temple of Santa Maria del Sangue, built by artists of the Bramante's school, and the Church of San Michele Arcangelo in front of it. While visiting the centre of the town do not forget to see the Church of Sant'Antonio, once seat of the religious confraternity of the Mulattieri. The last but the most important church to visit is the Cathredal, a very old building, restored in the 17th century. It preserves rare works such as: the Tabernacle “cosmatesco”, the choir in wood (16th century) and a cinerary (1st century A.C). The Church is linked to the Diocesan Museum through the Coro d'Inverno. In this Musuem there are several works very important from an artistic and historical point of view. The works are divided in three sectors: paintings, goldsmith's art, and vestments

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