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Rome: Pontifical Villa Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Minibus

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Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL

Rome: Pontifical Villa Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Minibus

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL

From US$ 40.04 per person

Located in tiny Castel Gandolfo, this divine property has provided peace and quiet to more than 30 popes. Get the papal treatment as you skip the line on a grand visit to the Papal Gardens by minibus with an audioguide.

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Duration 1 - 2.5 hours
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Audio guide included
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian


  • Visit the fairy-tale villa where popes have come to escape the hustle and bustle of the Vatican since the 17th century
  • Tour beautiful gardens built into the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s own 2,000 year-old country residence
  • Listen to the audio guide to learn delightfully peculiar stories about the many popes who used the villas as their sanctum
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Explore the 55-hectare gardens of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo by open minibus. Listen to the audio guide as you roam the gardens to learn all their secrets.

Meet your greeter in the Palazzo before starting your tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly minibus to discover the Castel Gandolfo gardens. See tree-lined avenues, flowers, fountains, and statues. Admire views of the sapphire blue and emerald green waters of Lake Albano.

Take in the remains of Emperor Domitian's residence. Find out all there is to know about the Popes, including which pontiff installed a swimming pool and which one laid low in Castel Gandolfo for months after handing in his resignation. You can upgrade your minibus tour of the gardens. Choose from a visit to the papal apartments or lunch in the papal gardens.

In the Pope's summer residence, discover five hundred years of papal history in the apartments. Wander from the bedroom to the private chapel and from the library to the studio. Gaze at the balcony from which the Popes pronounced the Angelus every summer Sunday. Or, enjoy a lunch of traditional foods in the garden picnic area. Tuck into a porchetta or vegetarian sandwich, bottled water, a wine or beer, and typical wine biscuits.

  • Entrance to the Papal Gardens
  • Audio-guided tour of the Papal Villa in eco-friendly transport (English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish)
  • Hosted Entry
  • Papal Apartment (if option selected)
  • Lunch in the Papal Gardens (if option selected)
  • Guided tour
  • Transportation to Castel Gandolfo
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before your activity starts. You can go directly to the entrance of the Pontifical Villas and show your reservation. You will be directed to the cash desks, where the ticket will be delivered to you.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This is not the ticket; please report at the meeting point to collect your entrance ticket according to your selected option.
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4.5 /5

based on 17 reviews

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The town of Castel Gandolfo is definitely worth seeing. We went there by train for 4 Euros there and back to reach the meeting point. We arrived 30 minutes early and waited to be picked up near the church steps as agreed in the recommendations. No one came and we missed our bus leaving at the scheduled time. If you choose this activity and you have not been picked up at the scheduled meeting time, go directly to the left of the papal house where tickets are sold. The visit to the gardens is very pleasant but a little fast. We would have liked to have had more time during the course and during the stops to take the time to hear all the explanations of the audio guide. The tour of the house is really interesting and worth doing.

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May 22, 2022

April 26, 2022

Very impressive place. Very well organized visit

April 25, 2022

Product ID: 398254