Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo
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  • Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

    1. Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Entrance Ticket

    Take a stirring journey through art and religious history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace.  Tiptoe through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens! Peek at the Cabinet of the Masks, or tour the Sala degli Animali to see a virtual menagerie of fantastic beasts, real and imagined. Walk the Upper Galleries, including the Gallery of Maps, to see how cartographers depicted the world through the ages. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.

    Nice tour despite the amusement park-like herding of people through the museum. Guards were a bit rude to visitors. Didn't like that if you missed seeing something the guards wouldn't let you retreat to look again. The tour itself was beautiful!

  • Castel Gandolfo: Papal Palace and Gardens Entrance Ticket

    2. Castel Gandolfo: Papal Palace and Gardens Entrance Ticket

    Explore the Barberini Gardens and the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo on a self-guided visit. Top off your experience with a picnic lunch and a glass of wine on the terrace in the gardens. Arrive in Castel Gandolfo and discover the treasures of the Papal Palace at your own pace. Admire the palace that served as the Pope’s summer retreat, designed by Swiss-Italian architect Carlo Maderno. Head to Villa Barberini and take a stroll through the famous Barberini Gardens. Admire the lush greenery as you wander through the gardens. Finally, enjoy a picnic on the terrace as you take in the views of the gardens. Your lunch includes a sandwich, a bottle of water, a local dessert, and a glass of wine or beer.

  • Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

    3. Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

    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 ...

    Bus was clean and comfortable Activity was well organized Only disappointment was the lunch

  • Rome: Pontifical Villa Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Minibus

    4. Rome: Pontifical Villa Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Minibus

    The Papal Palace complex spans 55 hectares - 11 more than the Vatican. Overlooking the sapphire blue and emerald green waters of Lake Albano, you'll admire the lush tree-lined gardens and view the remains of Emperor Domitian’s residence from an ecological open minibus. Find out which pontiff installed a swimming pool, and which one lay low in Castel Gandolfo for months after handing in his resignation. You can upgrade your minibus tour in the Pontifical Villas with: Popes' Summer Residence: visit the Papal Apartment along with five hundred years of Popes' history in this rich exhibition. 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, alternatively: Picnic in the Papal Gardens: enjoy a lunch with traditional foods in the garden picnic area. You'll have a porchetta ...

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

    5. Rome: 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 tradi...

  • Rome: Half-Day Trip to Pope’s Summer Residence

    6. Rome: Half-Day Trip to Pope’s Summer Residence

    Just 12 miles outside of Rome stands the town of Castel Gandolfo, home to the Papal Residence for over 400 years. Join an exclusive tour of the Apostolic Palace and the Barberini Gardens, and walk in the footsteps of the popes. Meet your host at the Central Station Termini in Rome to board the train towards Castel Gandolfo. Your tour guide will give you an introduction of your destination, and tell you stories about the many popes, as well as Roman emperors, who used to escape from the Roman summer heat. Once you've arrived at Castel Gandolfo, walk to the Papal residence where you'll receive an official audio guide. Then, enjoy a ride on the Vatican ecological open bus for an hour around the Barberini Gardens. While you enjoy the fresh air and summer breeze, the staff of the Papal residence will prepare your exclusive lunch (if you select the lunch option). Before lunch (optional), vi...

  • Rome: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Walking Tour

    7. Rome: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo Walking Tour

    Travel along the dreamy Italian countryside, far away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. a true treasure trove of art and history. Visit the quaint village of Castel Gandolfo, perched atop the sapphire blue waters of Lake Albano, mushroomed around the Pope’s Summer Palace. Be accompanied by a member of the Vatican staff on a walking tour of the "green heart" of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Castel Gandolfo, which served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope, is spread for 55 hectares. Enjoy the walk through the botanical and architectural wonders of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Its Barberini Garden produces and ships a basket of fresh produce to the Vatican. See beautifully maintained orchards, vineyards, and over 1000 olive trees around the farm. You can upgrade your walk in the Pontifical Villas with 2 wonderful options:

  • Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

    8. Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Tour

    Start your day bright and early as you meet your tour guide at the Vatican Museums. Skip the line and enter 45 minutes before the general public with your special access ticket. After going through a brief security check, proceed inside to begin your tour starting with the best galleries. Follow your art historian guide along the tour route which includes the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps.  Then, learn about the history and process Michelangelo used to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel before entering to see it yourself. Continue to the Vatican Gardens, where only special tour groups are allowed to visit. With your exclusive Vatican Gardens tickets, breathe in the tranquil air of this mini paradise. After your Vatican Gardens tour, enter Vatican City’s only train station to board the train to Castel Gandolfo. Once the site o...

  • From Rome: Castelgandolfo & Pontifical Villas

    9. From Rome: Castelgandolfo & Pontifical Villas

    At 09:30, you will be picked up from your hotel in Rome by your driver. You'll enjoy a scenic 1-hour drive to Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo on your own with audioguides (tickets and audioguides included), then you’ll enjoy the pretty historical center of Castel Gandolfo town and the scenic view of Albano Lake with a stop for a good lunch. After lunch, return back to your accommodation in Rome. The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo are increasingly accessible to visitors. Following the opening to the public of the Barberini Garden and the inauguration, within the Apostolic Palace, of the Museums of the Gallery of the Portraits of the Pontiffs, now the most private and reserved areas of the papal residence can also be admired and enjoyed by pilgrims and tourists. Many of the exclusive places in the Papal Apartment will be revealed to visitors: from the...

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What people are saying about Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo

Exciting ! The galleries with hangings or paintings, sculptures, Egyptian remains, sarcophagi with explanations of mummification, and the highlight: The Sistine Chapel. Coffee-croissant break in the park at the end of the visit. Then discovery of the Place St-Pierre, here is a beautiful morning.

Our group of 4 middle aged people loved the Vatican Museum. This is grander than Coliseum. A place to which you will certainly want to return.

Easy entrance audio guide was informative beautiful location simply breathtaking ❤️

Definitely take the audio guide as well. No waiting line, long corridors.

Amaizing!woow! Most beautiful! Don't miss Vatican.