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Castel Gandolfo: Pope’s Private Palaces & Barberini Gardens

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Activity provider: Litiberi SRLS

Castel Gandolfo: Pope’s Private Palaces & Barberini Gardens

Activity provider: Litiberi SRLS
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From US$ 50.20 per person

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Enjoy a day roaming around the pope's summer residence. Tour his private palace on a self-guided visit and explore the intricate papal gardens in all their glory.

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Duration 4 - 8 hours
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English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Optional audio guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German


  • Walk in the footsteps of the pope
  • Take in the sweeping panoramic views from Castel Gandolfo
  • Admire the creative landscaping of the Barberini Gardens
  • Learn about the pope's vacation retreat from your complimentary audio guide
  • See papal gowns and the portable throne
Full description

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the tranquil Castel Gandolfo where you can follow in the pope’s footsteps. Start off at the Apostolic Palace, pick up your complimentary audio guide, and get ready for a sneak peek into the lives of the popes at their traditional vacation retreat. 

Experience the intricate work of the clergy up close as you pass by historical papal gowns and the pope’s portable throne. Explore the pope’s private apartment and enjoy sweeping panoramic views from his hill-top home.

Next, visit the Barberini Gardens. Explore the luxurious gardens from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Uncover the history of this unique site with a complimentary audio guide, available in a multitude of languages.

  • Fast-track access to the Apostolic Palace, Barberini Gardens, and pope's summer residence
  • Complimentary audio guides for palace and gardens (available in a range of languages at request)
  • Buffet lunch (if option selected)
  • Licensed guide (only included in full-day experience option)
  • Entrance to Vatican museums and gardens (only included in full-day experience option)
  • Train transfers from Rome to Castel Gandolfo (only included in full-day experience option)
  • Transport
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
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4.6 /5

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The most important thing to know is that the walk from the train station to Piazza Liberty’ is up a steep hill. My wife has balance problems and it was challenging, both ways. Not saying it’s impossible; just people should be forewarned. If someone were wheelchair bound, this just wouldn’t work. The gardens are beautiful, the guide who merely tells you which buttons to push on the audio guide is not very useful. Numbered signs would be just as good.

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April 26, 2022

Product ID: 411904