Pope's paradise: the historic villas where the pontiff will retire to during the conclave

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Pope's paradise: the historic villas where the pontiff will retire to during the conclave

The area's natural beauty has been enhanced over the years, so that the papal residency's sweeping grounds feature box hedge impeccably trimmed into globes and pyramids, and an abundance of plant life, such as the exotic splendid monkey puzzle trees and colourful camellias, gardenias, azaleas and Chinese hibiscus