As of Today
The German Roman Catholic pontiff, who was born Joseph Ratzinger, and will continue to be known as Benedict XVI,
with the new title of "pope emeritus",
will wear a simple white cassock rather than his papal clothes,
and swap his famous red shoes for brown.
The traditional lakeside summer home of the popes is a picturesque "castle town" in the Alban hills, 15 miles (24km) south-east of Rome. The papal palace dates back to the 17th Century and its gardens occupy the site of a residence of the Roman Emperor Domitian Benedict XIV.
Benedict will be flown here this afternoon, and remain in residence as his successor at the Vatican is chosen and installed. He will have a staff of two secretaries and four women helpers,
drawn from a Catholic lay organization.
Vatican police officers will guard the former pope, who loses his Swiss Guards when his resignation takes effect.
After two months, giving workmen and renovators time to prepare a former nunnery in the grounds of the Vatican, he is expected to live out the rest of his life there, with his housekeepers, his private secretary, and his beloved cats.