Pope Francis may be too humble to spend time at the lavish palace of Castel Gandolfo, but we aren’t.
The Vatican announced on Friday that the papal 135-acre estate will now be open to the public for visits. Popes throughout the decades have used the palace and gardens as a summer residence, but Francis has turned down this opportunity since becoming pope, opting for humbler accommodations.
Some 15 miles south of Rome, Castel Gandolfo is a feast for the eyes. The estate houses the Papal Palace, the Vatican Observatory, the Barberini Palace, and apartment housing for 21 employees, as well as a sprawling garden and working farm that supplies fresh produce, eggs, honey and dairy to the Vatican.
Pope Francis first opened the gardens to the public in 2014, in part to help offset economic downturn in the lakeside town where the estate is located, reports the Associated Press.
Now visitors can tour inside the papal apartments and even view the bed in which Pope Pius XII and Pope Paul VI died and John Paul II recovered from an assassination attempt in 1981.
If you aren’t able to make it to Italy ASAP, then scroll down for a virtual tour of the gorgeous property: