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Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak & Swimming Lake Tour with Pizza

Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak & Swimming Lake Tour with Pizza

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 see the summer residence of the Popes, atop the mountain of Castel Gandolfo and surrounded by untouched nature. 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.

Castel Gandolfo: Kayak Food and Wine Tour

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

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

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, 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 (9.30am) on van or a car, 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 this stunning place. 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 14.00) and take you back to your accomodation. PLEASE NOTE: this is a private transfer service 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

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.

8 Hours Tour from Rome to Roman Castles

8 Hours Tour from Rome to Roman Castles

Are you ready to escape the bustling streets of Rome and uncover the hidden gems of the Roman countryside? Join us on an exquisite 8-hour private tour to explore the enchanting Roman Castles of Ariccia, Nemi, and Castel Gandolfo. With an English-speaking chauffeur and deluxe vehicle at your disposal, prepare for a day filled with breathtaking scenery, rich history, and unforgettable experiences. Your adventure begins as your luxurious deluxe vehicle pulls up to the entrance of your Rome hotel. With anticipation mounting, you'll be greeted by your friendly English-speaking chauffeur, ready to guide you on this journey of discovery. Settle into the plush comfort of your ride as you bid farewell to the Eternal City and set your sights on the picturesque Roman Castles Your first stop is the charming town of Ariccia, nestled in the verdant hills of the Castelli Romani. Known for its stunning architecture and delectable cuisine, Ariccia is famed for its succulent porchetta, a savory roasted pork dish that tantalizes the taste buds. Stroll through the quaint cobblestone streets, admiring the Baroque beauty of the Chigi Palace and the majestic Bernini-designed Bridge of Ariccia. Next, you'll venture to the picturesque town of Nemi, perched on the shores of a tranquil volcanic lake. Renowned for its captivating beauty and ancient traditions, Nemi is steeped in mythology and legend, earning it the title of the "Mirror of Diana." Explore the town's charming streets, visit the quaint shops offering local crafts and delicacies, and soak in the serene atmosphere that envelops this hidden gem. Your final destination is the historic town of Castel Gandolfo, nestled atop the Alban Hills overlooking the shimmering waters of Lake Albano. Here, you'll discover the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the traditional summer residence of the Pope. Marvel at the grandeur of the palace, stroll through the immaculately manicured gardens, and enjoy panoramic views of the tranquil lake below. As the sun begins to set on your day of exploration, your chauffeur will escort you back to Rome, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey. Reflect on the memories made and the sights seen as you reminisce about your enchanting tour of the Roman Castles. Conclusion Experience the charm and beauty of the Roman countryside on this unforgettable 8-hour private tour of Ariccia, Nemi, and Castel Gandolfo. With an English-speaking chauffeur and deluxe vehicle at your service, immerse yourself in the rich history, stunning scenery, and culinary delights of the Roman Castles. From ancient ruins to picturesque lakeside towns, this journey promises to be an unforgettable adventure filled with discovery and delight.

Rome: Private 4h trip with driver Castelli Romani and Lakes

Rome: Private 4h trip with driver Castelli Romani and Lakes

Once you have booked, you will inform us about the meeting point. There you will meet our driver who will be with you for all the tour at the various main stops. This will allow you to move from one point of interest to another quickly and comfortably, making your day perfect. Based on the time of this tour, we recommend 4 stops: -Castel Gandolfo - Lago di Albano - Nemi (Lago di Nemi) - Ariccia Our driver will wait approximately 30/40 minutes for each stop to give you time to take photos, enjoy the place, eat something or simply enjoy an espresso.

Rome: 2-in-1 Train & Bus from/to Castel Gandolfo

Rome: 2-in-1 Train & Bus from/to Castel Gandolfo

Come and explore the famous panoramic terraces, ancient archaeological remains, and scenic nature trails in Castel Gandolfo's vibrant gardens! Traveling between Castel Gandolfo Villas (Ville Pontificie di Castel Gandolfo) and Rome has never been easier with Trenitalia's convenient combined bus and train ticket, taking you directly to the palace entrance in less than an hour. Begin your adventure by boarding a regionale train from Roma Termini to Castel Gandolfo station. Upon arrival, hop on the Castel Gandolfo Link bus, which runs twice daily from Monday to Saturday. This direct bus will take you straight to Castel Gandolfo Villas without any intermediate stops. The return journey is just as seamless, with the same route running four times per day. The Ville Pontificie di Castel Gandolfo, or the Pope's summer residence, is a must-visit destination. It offers stunning views, beautifully landscaped gardens, and a rich history. Enjoy the panoramic terraces overlooking Lake Albano, explore the ancient archaeological sites, and stroll through the lush nature trails. Experience the beauty and tranquility of this unique and historic location.

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4.4
(45 reviews)

No no no. We did not see *any* spots in the description! Worse, we did not get to swim on an isolated beach! Leonardo spoke little and paddled way ahead (&talked on his cellphone) while we struggled to catch up. (I have pictures of him as a tiny dot ahead.) So why five stars?? Because it was not a bad value! Transport from train, beautiful lake and good food afterward. Good explanation of kayaking at the start. Only one thing pointed out - submerged cars. At the halfway point he finally talked about the lake. Very good. Then he made us paddle all the way back to the *public* beach to swim, with other folks, and scattered trash. 😕He said that is "what he always does. Wild beaches are too small for kayaks". Swim was cool and refreshing. After swim you walk from beach to the restaurant nearby. Appetizers at restaurant were tasty! Lastly, paddle one minute back to the put in area. No showers. There are changing rooms, porta potties. They will give a ride to Castel Gandolfo! Great views.

Absolutely loved this activity! Pick up and drop off was very smooth and easy to access meeting point, and Alex was an excellent guide, really friendly and knowledgeable. We got to stop on a beach and swim which was amazing, and Alex even shared with us some beautiful home-made pizza. This activity is a must do in if you’re nearby Rome, and was definitely one of my favourite things we did whilst in there. Would recommend to anyone!

Alex was our guide. We were a little nervous about kayaking because we had never done it before (and besides, we’re not exactly young, haha) but Alex put us right at ease and gave us great instruction. It was easy! Beautiful area, lots of history. Pizza was excellent too. Thanks for a day we’ll never forget.

Really great. We showed up on the wrong day (a day early) and the guys were kind enough to let us join in. Such a beautiful lake. Very peaceful. Amazing scenery. And pizza for lunch. Really fun, thank you

Very fun and beautiful activity, very clear guides and excellent transport service!