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!

  • Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

    2. 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

    3. 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: 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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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.