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Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

1. Vatican City: Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Gardens Tour

See Vatican City's top attractions on a sightseeing tour where you don't have to wait in line. Discover the treasures of the Vatican Museums with a guide or on your own. Take in the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's incredible artworks. Explore the Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. Meet near the Vatican Museums and enjoy fast-track access to Europe's most renowned art collection. Dive into the art world with an expert guide or explore on your own, depending on the option chosen. Take in the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and more. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures at the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments. Finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Continue to the Gardens of Vatican City and receive your audio guide. Learn about the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Apostolic Palace, and the Governor's Palace. Admire St. Peter's Basilica from a unique perspective and immerse yourself in this peaceful hideaway. Or choose the option that includes the Vatican 360 experiences gives you 360 access to the Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Starting off at the Vatican Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Europe’s most renowned art collection. Accompanied by an expert guide, enjoy fast track entrance and dive into the history of the Art world. Admire the impressive collection of classic sculptures in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander the halls of the ornate and elaborate papal apartments, including the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. And finally, step into the world of Michelangelo as you uncover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Once you’ve had your art fix, it’s time to explore the Vatican Gardens. Stretching an impressive 57 acres. Enjoy the picture-perfect landscapes and uncover the impressive garden architecture that draws influence from both the baroque and renaissance era. After spending the morning at the Vatican City, it’s time to head out of town by train to explore the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo, about an hour north of Rome. Pick up your audio guide at the welcome desk and start your journey through the Apostolic Palace. First up, enjoy the museum and experience the intricate work of the clergy up close as you pass by historical papal gowns and the impressive display of the Pope’s portable throne. Then, it’s up to the Papal apartment. Step into the true home of Christianity as you admire the Pope’s clock parlour, music gallery, the Swiss Hall, and even the Holy Father’s library. The all-access Vatican experience wraps up with a tour of the Barberini gardens. There you’ll not only enjoy stunning panoramic views, but also a complimentary picnic with locally sourced porchetta and wine.

Rome: Half-Day Trip to Pope’s Summer Residence

2. Rome: Half-Day Trip to Pope’s Summer Residence

Just 12 miles outside of Rome stands the town of Castel Gandolfo, home to the Papal Residence for over 400 years. Join an exclusive tour of the Apostolic Palace and the Barberini Gardens, and walk in the footsteps of the popes. Meet your host at the Central Station Termini in Rome to board the train towards Castel Gandolfo. Your tour guide will give you an introduction of your destination, and tell you stories about the many popes, as well as Roman emperors, who used to escape from the Roman summer heat. Once you've arrived at Castel Gandolfo, walk to the Papal residence where you'll receive an official audio guide. Then, enjoy a ride on the Vatican ecological open bus for an hour around the Barberini Gardens.

From Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak and Swimming Lake Tour

3. From Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak and Swimming Lake Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and nature of this peaceful lake, located just a short distance from Rome, on a kayak tour with plenty of interesting stops and technical kayaking tips. After a quick paddling, navigation and communication lesson, you will begin your tour of the lake. Stops will include the village of the millstones, the Roman port of the Villa of Domitian, the Trampoline of the Pope, and a beautiful beach reachable only by kayak, where you can swim if the weather is right. Along the way you will see the summer residence of the Popes, atop the mountain of Castel Gandolfo and surrounded by untouched nature. You can Listen to the sound of local wildlife and the water lapping, a unique and unforgettable experience so close to Rome. Your guide will provide technical assistance throughout the tour, and offer stories and anecdotes about the lake. After arriving back at the starting point, you will have the opportunity to take a shower before heading back to the capital.

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4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

It was my first time experiencing kayaking The instructor Flávio was very helpful and very kind - it was just the two of us that day but we had an amazing time. It’s an extremely peaceful meditative experience being on the big open lake all to ourselves with the sun shining The instructions for the meeting point were very easy to follow and to find. Changing rooms are available at the location if needed also which was handy for afterwards. I’d recommend bringing some sandle’s/ flip flops and some shorts etc can get a little wet on the legs. Will 100% do it again and again everytime I visit Roma as well as any other country that I find this activity in! Grazie mille Flávio. Eccellente

This experience was absolutely amazing. First time kayaking and Alex, the instructor, was unbelievably friendly and helpful to get going with the activity, and gave insightful information about the local area and Italy which was a huge added bonus as tourists to the area. He is also generally really nice to talk to. Would do it again, it is fantastic!

Vincenzo and Michael were wonderful, we were paired with one other couple and were treated to pizza on the lake. Both were extremely friendly and very accommodating, offering us recommendations for places to eat and drink in the city, whilst also telling us about the local culture of the lake. Would definitely recommend, a real highlight of our trip.

Excellent trip if you are in Rome and want to escape from the mayhem for a few hours. The lake sits in a dormant volcano and has some absolutely breath taking views. The instructor I had was very nice and as-well as being a great kayaking teacher he was also very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. I would highly recommend this trip.

All very nice. Perfect organization. Driver took us on time to Castel Gandolfo where we visited the papal apartments and by bus in the beautiful park to then return by train to Rome. Palace and train tickets received online. Highly recommended.