Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

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Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

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Relax on a bus journey to Castel Gandolfo, just 25km from Rome, and visit the exclusive Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens with an audio-guided tour.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • Travel by comfortable bus to the charming town of Castel Gandolfo
  • Visit the recently opened Apostolic Palace with an audio-guide
  • Tour the Barberini Gardens in an eco-friendly golf cart
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Enjoy a unique half-day tour from Rome that will take you to the lovely town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens. Castel Gandolfo, built on the site of the legendary ancient settlement of Alba Longa, is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns and has been home to the Papal summer retreat since 1596. Situated in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani, it enjoys splendid views over the beautiful Lake Albano, which you will be able to admire from the grounds of the Apostolic Palace. On this tour, you will be able to explore the up-to-now hidden gems of this glorious private residence with an audio-guide in the language of your choice. Following this, you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeously manicured Barberini Gardens and the impressive ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa, before enjoying a lunch prepared with fresh produce from the palace farm! If you have not already done so, you will have the chance to add a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with your fantastic guide onto your experience, in which case, upon your return to Rome, you will be dropped off right outside the Vatican.
  • Admission fees to the Papal Palace and gardens
  • Ecological golf car for the Papal gardens
  • Audio guide in your selected language
  • Small group (20 people maximum)
  • Lunch
  • Bus or minivan from the meeting point and back
  • Pick-up and drop-off from hotel
  • Live tour guide for the Castel Gandolfo Papal Residence
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Via Cavour 222, Rome

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    • Please note: Papal palace and Gardens have security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances it is forbidden to bring the following: Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.), glass bottles, aerosol sprays, and alcohol, bicycles, skates, segways, luggage, and pets
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    4.6 / 5

    based on 22 reviews

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    It was a great experience. Especially the visit to the gardens and the lunch in these gardens. The time for the visit to the palace was unfortunately far too short. We had to hurry to be on time for the gardens. As a result, many halls and historical objects have been missed.

    September 25, 2019

    Relación calidad-precio muy buena. Merece la pena. Se ve Castel Gandolfo (el pueblo) y la residencia papal. It is guia, pero con un audioguía en varios idiomas que es más que suficiente. Visit the de jardines hay un almuerzo allí mismo (en los jardines) realmente muy bueno. Una pena que no ofrezcan café (sólo de máquina y de pago). Toda la excursion sin prisas, merece la pena.

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    September 15, 2019

    5 stars for this excursion. The small group (only four people) was brought to Castel Gandolfo in a minibus by a very careful driver. Here was the opportunity to visit the papal palace. Via the audio guide, that's super fun. Unfortunately there wasn't enough time to get everything, but that's a reason to come back for sure. There was a very interesting insight into the palace with interesting details about the life of individual popes and the papal court, including the Carozze in the courtyard, which were used by various popes. Really, the palace is a worthwhile thing. Then we went through the Giardini in an open minibus and there was also a lot to see. At times it was a bit quick, but you definitely got a great insight. For lunch on a covered terrace there were great Italian specialties, very tasty and plentiful, including water and wine. Definitely recommendable!

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    September 1, 2019

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