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Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

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Activity provider: Nicom Tours
Entry ticket

Pope’s Summer Residence Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Nicom Tours
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Relax on a bus journey to Castel Gandolfo, just 25km from Rome, and visit the exclusive Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens with an audio-guided tour.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • Travel by comfortable bus to the charming town of Castel Gandolfo
  • Visit the recently opened Apostolic Palace with an audio-guide
  • Tour the Barberini Gardens in an eco-friendly golf cart
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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 from the palace farm! If you have not already done so, you will have the chance to add a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with your fantastic guide onto your experience, in which case, upon your return to Rome, you will be dropped off right outside the Vatican.
  • Admission fees to the Papal Palace and gardens
  • Ecological golf car for the Papal gardens
  • Audio guide in your selected language
  • Small group (20 people maximum)
  • Lunch
  • Bus or minivan from the meeting point and back
  • Pick-up and drop-off from hotel
  • Live tour guide for the Castel Gandolfo Papal Residence

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Meeting point

Via Cavour 222, Rome

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  • Please note: Papal palace and Gardens have security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances it is forbidden to bring the following: Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.), glass bottles, aerosol sprays, and alcohol, bicycles, skates, segways, luggage, and pets
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4.5 /5

based on 30 reviews

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Very good organization of the event. I had a modification of the program. There was a problem with the coach transport from Rome to Castel Gandolfo. The office additionally (outside the program) organized a visit to the Vatican Museum and transport by a special train from the Vatican station, which was a great experience. I highly recommend the trip. The Palace and gardens are worth seeing.

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October 5, 2022

Uninteresting palace if you are not devotee, beautiful view of the lake. Very nice bus ride in the vast gardens, nice picnic, but we are quickly escorted to the exit. We have an hour to see the center, have a dessert, drink a coffee, it's very pleasant. Why a driver, who did everything (tickets, etc.) and an attendant, obviously useless?

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August 22, 2021

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.

September 25, 2019

Product ID: 207819