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Pope's Palace, Castel Gandolfo & Gardens by Train from Rome

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6 hrs 30 mins

Max 25

Why take this tour

We’ve designed this Castel Gandolfo tour to give you access to two properties that were once the exclusive domains of the Popes. First, we’ll escort you to the Barberini Garden then head to the Apostolic Palace, which was the summer home of the Popes for hundreds of years. With audio guides at both sites and an expert tour leader to take care of logistics, this is an accessible way to escape the tourist path in Rome and see two of the most impressive properties owned by the Holy See.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Step inside the Pope’s summer residence
  • Created with Sketch.Explore the historic Barberini Garden
  • Created with Sketch.Learn about each sight through official Vatican audio guides
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy free time and lunch in the picturesque town of Castel Gandolfo
  • Created with Sketch.A friendly, local tour leader escorts you to and from Castel Gandolfo on the train from Rome.

Take a day to visit the Summer home of the Popes

Our Castel Gandolfo tour meets you first thing in the morning at Termini station to make sure you get on the right train. Once aboard, one of our friendly, energetic tour leaders will give you a brief introduction to your destination: the town of Castel Gandolfo which sits overlooking the crater lake of an extinct volcano. For 400 years, it hosted the Popes during the hot Roman summer and today we are going to see both the gardens and the Apostolic Palace that they built here.

The first stop on our Castel Gandolfo tour is the Barberini Garden, which you’ll explore on an electric train with an official Vatican audio guide. Built on the remains of Emperor Domitian’s palace, the gardens are ...

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Our Castel Gandolfo tour meets you first thing in the morning at Termini station to make sure you get on the right train. Once aboard, one of our friendly, energetic tour leaders will give you a brief introduction to your destination: the town of Castel Gandolfo which sits overlooking the crater lake of an extinct volcano. For 400 years, it hosted the Popes during the hot Roman summer and today we are going to see both the gardens and the Apostolic Palace that they built here.

The first stop on our Castel Gandolfo tour is the Barberini Garden, which you’ll explore on an electric train with an official Vatican audio guide. Built on the remains of Emperor Domitian’s palace, the gardens are a mix of Roman ruins and verdant terraces filled with geometric flower beds framed by Cedars, Cypress, and Holm Oaks. They were a favorite of John Paul II; be sure to look for the pool he had built here.

After the gardens, we’ll escort you to the Apostolic Palace. As you explore its interior with a Vatican audio guide, you’ll see beautiful architecture by Carlo Maderno, portraits of past Popes, and real examples of some of their most vibrant ceremonial garb.

Castel Gandolfo is one of the most beautiful towns in the region so we are giving you some free time to explore it on your own. After getting some tips and recommendations from your tour leader, you grab some lunch, hang out in the main square, or take some pictures of the dramatic lake views.

Finally, our Castel Gandolfo tour gets you back onto the train to Rome and ensures you make it back to Termini station, hassle-free.

  • Sites Visited
  • Castel Gandolfo Hill Town
  • Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo
  • Barberini Garden
  • Tour Includes
  • Tickets to the Apostolic Palace Palace with Audio Tour
  • Tickets to the Barberini Garden with Audio Tour
  • Transportation to and from Rome
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