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Papal Palace Ticket and Gardens Minibus Tour

Papal Palace Ticket and Gardens Minibus Tour

From US$ 14.69 per person

Enjoy an audio-guided visit to the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s former summer residence. Take the option to include a 45-minute tour of the Barberini Gardens on a minibus.

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Italian, English, Spanish, German, French, Russian


  • Discover the Pope's palatial summer retreat at your own pace
  • Enjoy an multilingual audio tour of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo
  • Opt to admire the Barberini Gardens on a 45-minute minibus tour
  • Learn why it's the Second Vatican about five hundred years of Papal history
  • See a huge collection of relics, artworks, and treasures used by different Popes
Full description

Explore the Papal Palace at your own pace with a multilingual audio guide. Admire the architecture, learn its history, and discover its many collections of art, relics, and more. Extend your visit with a minibus tour of the Barberini Gardens and admire the intricate displays.

Once you arrive at the Castle doors, pick up your audio guide and begin your walk through the palace. Gaze at the many treasures, from uniforms and relics to artworks and furniture.

Learn the interesting history of the Pontifical Residence, commonly known as the Second Vatican. Designed by the Swiss-Italian architect Carlo Maderno for Pope Urban VIII, and it has served as a summer retreat for various popes since the 17th century.

Don't forget to pay your respects to the sedan chair of Pope Pius IX, and the BMW used by Pope John Paul II, before taking the option to visit the Barberini Gardens on a 45-minute minibus tour.

The gardens offer views of intricately designed shrubbery and unique fountains, the perfect finisher to the palace experience.

  • Apostolic Palace entrance ticket with audioguide
  • Minibus Gardens tour (if option selected)
  • Guided tour
  • Lunch and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
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Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Enter Palazzo Barberini to collect your audio guide and start your tour.

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4.5 /5

based on 23 reviews

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I took a train from Rome Termini to Palazzo Gandolfo. The tour itself was interesting and the gardens were wonderful. Unfortunately, the instructions and app are not easy to understand and were quite confusing. The signage is unhelpful and the call-in option really didnt help as the person I talked to was unfamiliar with what to do.

September 29, 2022

I really liked the tour of the gardens by minibus. The explanations of the audio guides are well done. The visit to the apartments takes place in two stages: the gallery of all the popes (with audio guide) and the visit to the pope's apartments (in audio / guide) possible because he does not come to Castel Gandolfo. Plan a total of 2h30.

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August 10, 2022

Had trouble le finding the meeting place as was not the GPS spot. Palace tour was a self guided audio tour & the gardens were beautiful. Need the bus as was hot & gardens are massive. Spent a few hours in the town which was so charming & quaint with shops & restaurants! Easy train ride from Roma Termini.

July 9, 2022

Product ID: 418327