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From Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak and Swimming Lake Tour

1. From Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak and Swimming Lake Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and nature of this peaceful lake, located just a short distance from Rome, on a kayak tour with plenty of interesting stops and technical kayaking tips. After a quick paddling, navigation and communication lesson, you will begin your tour of the lake. Stops will include the village of the millstones, the Roman port of the Villa of Domitian, the Trampoline of the Pope, and a beautiful beach reachable only by kayak, where you can swim if the weather is right. Along the way you will see the summer residence of the Popes, atop the mountain of Castel Gandolfo and surrounded by untouched nature. You can Listen to the sound of local wildlife and the water lapping, a unique and unforgettable experience so close to Rome. Your guide will provide technical assistance throughout the tour, and offer stories and anecdotes about the lake. After arriving back at the starting point, you will have the opportunity to take a shower before heading back to the capital.

Rome Explorer PASS with Tickets to top 45+ Attractions

2. Rome Explorer PASS with Tickets to top 45+ Attractions

Save up to 50%* on Rome experiences with Go City's Rome Explorer Pass. Choose from 2 to 7 attractions, experiences and tours from a list of over 45 popular activities. With a full 60 days validity, you can explore Rome at your own pace - there's no need to rush. Visit the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, enjoy a pizza dinner in the Prati District, go to a classical music concert, bike ride among ancient Roman ruins, and experience the best Rome has to offer. Avoid the hassle of buying individual attraction tickets. With your pass, everything is right on your phone. Get a digital guide packed with attraction information and instructions on booking your visits. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 Rome and Vatican attractions or activities from the following: Cultural and Historical Sights • Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with audio tour, hosted entry, and multimedia video (R) • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - reserved entrance (R) • Castel Sant' Angelo with audio guide (R) • Capitolini Museum with hosted entry (R) • Altar of the Fatherland Panoramic View (R) • St. Peter's Basilica and Cupola Guided Tour (R) • Pantheon: Reserved Entrance with Audio Guide Other Tours and Experiences • Big Bus Rome Hop-on Hop-off 1-Day Classic Tour • Rome Catacombs Tour including transfer (R) • Piazza Navona Underground • Rome Highlights Tour With Pantheon and Trevi Fountain (R) • Papal Audience (R) • Rome Ghost and Mystery Tour (R) • Bike rental with Caracalla Baths (R) • Ancient Via Appia Antica by Bike • The Three Tenors in Concert with Ballet - St. Paul's Church • Museo delle Cere (Wax Museum) • Welcome to Rome Show • Leonardo Da Vinci Experience • Vivaldi's Four Seasons Meets Bach's Masterpieces • Trevi District Underground: Small Aqueduct Domus (R) • Vigamus - Video Game Museum • Empresses, Emperors and Courtesans Tour (R) • Cinecittà World • Roma World • Sunset pizza tour near the Colosseum Food and Drink • Wine tasting with a certified sommelier near the Colosseum • Hard Rock Café Rome - Skip the Line • Pizza terrace dinner in the Prati District (R) • Spritz and salad menu near the Vatican • Vero Food Best Italian pancakes in Rome • Italian Pancake breakfast at Vero Food (near Vatican) • Healthy and Fresh Food Break in the City Center • 1-hour pizza cooking experience • Pasta Class (R) Reservations required. Follow the instructions on the digital guide for each attraction or tour. *Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

Rome: Vatican and Rome Experience Pass

3. Rome: Vatican and Rome Experience Pass

Choose from many attractions, including sites such a Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entry. Take in opera shows at night, see the Sistine Chapel, travel to a fun park, or take a wine tasting and food tour. Purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit - with 3, 5 and 7-choice passes available. Simply present your voucher at the centrally located Roman Forum station where your professional staff provide you with all necessary information. There's plenty to choose from to make the most of your visit to Rome. Your pass will be activated upon scanning at the first attraction, following which it remains valid for the next 90 days. Choose from the following attractions: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip the Line Ticket• Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Skip the Line Ticket • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with Super Sites • Pantheon skip the line tickets with audioguide (app) • Pantheon Guided Tour• St. Peter's Dome and Audioguide (no skip-the-line)• Navona Underground ticket and 3D experience• Trevi District Underground with audioguide• Catacombs guided tour (no transfer included)• Capitoline Museum Skip the Line Tickets • Leonardo da Vinci Experience with audioguide• The Altar of the Fatherland Elevator & Risorgimento Museum & Palazzo Venezia Skip the Line Ticket• Trajan’s Markets Skip the Line Ticket• 1 day Hop-on hop-off bus• 1-hour bike rental• 72-hour public transportation ticket• A night at the Opera (only if available)• Rome Imperial 3D show and audioguide• Caracalla Baths Skip the Line Ticket• Circo Maximo Virtual Reality Experience Reserved Entrance• Sant'Angelo Castel Skip the Line Ticket with Audioguide (app) • Palazzo Valentini Experience Skip the Line Ticket (if available) • Doria Pamphilj Gallery Reserved Entrance Ticket• Panoramic Terrace Breakfast• Panoramic Terrace Aperitif• Papal Udience + St. Peter's Guided Tour (only on Wednesday)• National Roman Museum (Palazzo Altemps, Baths of Diocletian, Palazzo Massimo) Reserved Entrance Ticket• Ara Pacis Museum• Navona, Pantheon +Trevi Fountain Walking Tour (only English) • Largo Argentina Reserved Entrance • Borghese Gallery Skip the Line • Cappuccini Cripts Reserved Entrance OUTSIDE ROME (trasportation NOT included):• A Walk in the Pontifical Villa Gardens in Castel Gandolfo• Pope Summer Residence with audioguide in Castel Gandolfo• Ancient Ostia Reserved Entrance Ticket• Tivoli Villas: Villa Adriana or Villa D’Este Reserved Entrance Ticket • Pompei Skip the Line Tickets and Audioguide

Castel Gandolfo: Papal Apartments and Secret Garden Ticket

4. Castel Gandolfo: Papal Apartments and Secret Garden Ticket

Travel along the dreamy Italian countryside, far from the hustle and bustle of Rome. a true treasure chest of art and history. Visit the picturesque village of Castel Gandolfo, perched on the sapphire blue waters of Lake Albano, developed around the Pope's Summer Palace. Let a Vatican staff member accompany you on a walking tour of the Secret Garden. Visit the Papal Apartment with audio guide to immerse yourself in 500 years of history. Wander from bedroom to private chapel, from library to study. Look at the balcony from where the Popes said the Angelus every summer Sunday. Immerse yourself in this treasure chest on the outskirts of Rome. Follow in the footsteps of the Popes in the 7 rooms and summer offices inside the Palace.

Castel Gandolfo: Kayak Food and Wine Tour

5. Castel Gandolfo: Kayak Food and Wine Tour

Your tour will begin with you being helped into all of the safety devices, such as the life jacket. You will then partake in a lesson on the ground which will run you through the techniques of paddling and on the use of the kayak. The first leg of paddling will involve your guide teaching you how to paddle, correcting the posture and the movement of your arms as you go. Your first break will then be at the village of the millstones, which consists of submerged stilt houses that you will see from your kayak. After your break, you will engage in another stretch of paddling through untouched nature where you can admire the summer residence of the Popes on the mountain of Castel Gandolfo. You will then take a second break at the Roman port of the Villa of Domitian. Next, you will pass in front of the old structure of the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where all the kayaking and rowing competitions were fought. Your third stop will then be the Pope's Trampoline, where you will stop to admire the old structure on the lake shore with the ancient papal coat of arms. You will next be invited to continue your tour in a unique way to awaken all your sensory activities, as you paddle in perfect silence and listen exclusively to the sound of nature and the local wildlife. To stay in the theme of wild nature, you will then dock in an uncontaminated beach reachable only by kayak, where if the season allows, you will also dive and swim. Your paddling will then continue to the starting point, from where you will receive another relaxing break.

Rome: Castelli Romani Hop-on and Hop-off Tour

6. Rome: Castelli Romani Hop-on and Hop-off Tour

Visit this history-packed region near Rome with 2 separate hop-on hop-off lines that stop at the Roman castles scattered across the Tusculum area or Alban Hills. Enjoy flexibility, see famous villas, castles, and palaces, and marvel at the Castel Gandolfo Lake. Choose between a ticket for Line 1 or Line 2 or get both and spend your weekend exploring the ruins outside Rome. Board your bus at the meeting point in Rome and head out into the countryside, hopping off and back on again until you catch the bus back to the city in the evening. Leave Rome on Saturday with Line 1 and visit several of the more prominent towns, starting with Frascati, and continuing to Grottaferrata, Marino, Castel Gandolfo, and the Castel Gandolfo Lake. Travel around the region on Sunday on Line 2 to see Albano Laziale, Ariccia, Genzano, Lanuvio, Nemi, and Castel Gandolfo. When you board, receive a €20 voucher to spend at local restaurants or use it to enter the attractions you stop at. As you ride through the countryside, learn about the sights you see from the live commentary onboard. 

From Rome: Castel Gandolfo and Gardens Day Trip

7. From Rome: Castel Gandolfo and Gardens Day Trip

Elected as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Castle Gandolfo will amaze you with its beauty of the surrounding nature and its elegant historical centre. In a splendid position overlooking Lake Albano, Castle Gandolfo is situated on the brink of a volcanic crater. Above all, the small town is famous for the Papal Palace where Popes have spent their summers since the 17th century. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Papal Palace (where you will be given an audio guide if asked, remember to specify the language you want it in once you arrive there), open to the public only recently, and the Barberini gardens, which you can visit on an eco-friendly convertible minibus, where you will be able to admire french-style gardens, special kinds of flowers, roman statues and fountains. You will be picked up by a private driver, on a personal van, in the morning from your accommodation one hour before the start of your tour, and you will be personally taken to the entrance of the Papal Palace in Castle Gandolfo where you will be able to take your time to visit the stunning place by yourself. After your visit (that should take up to two hours) we will be leaving you the time to also explore the city and have lunch or an italian aperitivo (not included in this package). Once you are over with your visit, our private driver will personally pick you up again (around 14.30) and take you back to your accomodation. PLEASE NOTE: it is important to read the whole description above to avoid misunderstandings, thank you! PLEASE NOTE: We ask you to kindly provide us your phone number so that we can contact you for any changes.

Rome: Private Appian Way & Albano Lake Full-Day E-Bike Tour

8. Rome: Private Appian Way & Albano Lake Full-Day E-Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Rome for a full-day mountain bike tour in the surrounding countryside and follow a route through pristine nature and landscapes that have inspired some of Italy’s best known artists. The moderately difficult 50-kilometer route will take you past some of Rome’s most historic sites, such as Trajan's Baths, the Ninfeum of Egeria, Villa dei Quintilli and Caracalla’s Baths. Departing from near the Colosseum, bike through Caffarella Park to the Aqueduct Park, named after the historic aqueducts that run through this part of the Appian Way regional park. Because of its idyllic ambiance, Aqueduct Park is often used as a film location. Take the train from Capanelle to Castel Gandolfo, before hopping on your mountain bike to explore the surroundings of Lake Albano. Stop at a local restaurant with a wonderful view of the water and relax as you enjoy a traditional lunch of Italian cuisine. Lake Albano is also known as Castel Gandolfo Lake, after the castle and the Pope’s summer residence that overlooks the lake. After lunch, head back to Rome, cycling a nice descent to set you up for the Appia Antica. Relive the glory days of the Roman Empire as you bike along cobblestone streets that date back 2,300 years. Pass ancient tombs and ruins from the Roman Republic.

Stories and Secrets of Viterbo: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

9. Stories and Secrets of Viterbo: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Wind your way through the history and architecture of the medieval hilltop town of Viterbo. From Porta Romana we'll make our way back in time through the city's charming and historic center. Along the way we'll take in ancient fountains, majestic piazzas and palaces. I will tell you stories of the people and point out details, hidden courtyards and corners. Viterbo was a papal town where popes lived in the 13th century and where the first conclave was held. We will explore the San Pellegrino medieval quarter, one of the best preserved in Europe. Finally, we'll conclude the tour at the Porta San Pietro, the medieval entrance to the town.

Milano / Lago Maggiore / Arona - Tour in Ferrari

10. Milano / Lago Maggiore / Arona - Tour in Ferrari

The clear lake water is mesmerizing and varies in color from light green to dark green/blue. The towns and villages along the lakes shores are very picturesque and each one of them feels like it could be home to any number of celebrities. The Milanese tend to come to the lake for their weekend break as well as to escape the smothering city heat. Drive the Ferrari V8 engine and enjoy the wind trough your hair... Breathtaking landscapes, medieval towns, tasty food, good wine and the smile of the locals are waiting for you. Try this unforgettable luxury unique experience. Real Luxury is leader in the ultimate self-driving experience.. Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Nemi, Nemi, Province of Rome, Lazio The countryside of Rome and the Lazio region hosts a number of varieties of very sweet flavoursome strawberries. Romans, however, associate strawberries with Nemi. The small, flavoursome strawberry from Nemi is also known, because of its size, as the “fragolina”. The “fragolina” comes from the area of the Castelli Romani. Since ancient times, the Nemi strawberry has been sold on the market stalls of Rome between May and September. Our traditional recipe today is called Fragolino di Nemi. Duration: 40 minutes Stop At: Castel Gandolfo, Castel Gandolfo, Province of Rome, Lazio Castel Gandolfo, is a town located 25 kilometres southeast of Rome. Occupying a height on the Alban Hills overlooking Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo is considered one of Italy's most scenic towns.[8] Within the town's boundaries lies the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo which served as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope, the leader of the Catholic Church. Although the palace is located within the borders of Castel Gandolfo, it has extraterritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See and is not under Italian jurisdiction. It is now open as a museum. Duration: 1 hour

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Excellent activity from start to finish. Transport provided for part of the journey as requested, was comfortable and on time. Equipment provided and facilities at the site for changing and showering. Instructor was friendly and informative regarding the kayaking activity and local history. As we have previous experience kayaking we were on the lake quickly and had the full time on the water. Thoroughly recommend if you wish a different activity when around Rome.

It was such an amazing and great experience! Meeting other people, making friends, and getting to know one another while kayaking. Our guide was exceptional also, he even brought homemade pizza for us! It felt like we were all friends hanging out & I enjoyed every second of it. I highly recommend.

We had an amazing day with our guide, Marco. We have seen places that you would not had the chance to see in a 'normal' trip, like the Roman cistern from Albano, the 2 lakes view from the top of a mountain. We visited lots of villages and tasted local foods. Thank you, Marco!

I really appreciate this pass, it also allows us to discover activities that we wouldn't necessarily have thought of. The Vatican Museum and the catacombs of Rome were an excellent surprise for my loved ones and me! The tourist agency was very professional!

Everything was brilliant from the time been picked up to been dropped back off. Tour guide was exceptional very informative and very helpful. Would highly recommend great experience 😁