Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo
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  • Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

    1. 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

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

    3. 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

    4. 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:

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4.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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!

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.

the visit is complete, the residence and the gardens. Transport pickup is efficient from central Rome to the top of Castel Gamdolfo square. the lunch of Italian specialties on site completes it all.

Wonderful and impressive tour to Castel Gandolfo followed by a very tasty and extensive lunch.

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