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From Rome: Castelgandolfo & Pontifical Villas

Product ID: 83037
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You’ll spend the day to see the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. Have an English-speaking private driver and minivan for the day with free lunch time. Then, you’ll be taken back to your accommodation in Rome.
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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

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  • Spend the day in town, to see the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo and enjoy Castelgandolfo town
  • Have an English-speaking private driver and minivan for the day
  • Come across the ruins of what is perhaps the most famous villa of ancient Rome, the Albanum Domitiani
Full description
At 09:30, you will be picked up from your hotel in Rome by your driver. You'll enjoy a scenic 1-hour drive to Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo on your own with audioguides (tickets and audioguides included), then you’ll enjoy the pretty historical center of Castel Gandolfo town and the scenic view of Albano Lake with a stop for a good lunch. After lunch, return back to your accommodation in Rome.

The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo are increasingly accessible to visitors. Following the opening to the public of the Barberini Garden and the inauguration, within the Apostolic Palace, of the Museums of the Gallery of the Portraits of the Pontiffs, now the most private and reserved areas of the papal residence can also be admired and enjoyed by pilgrims and tourists. Many of the exclusive places in the Papal Apartment will be revealed to visitors: from the bedchamber to the private chapel, from the library to the study, along a rich exhibition itinerary conceived, arranged and managed by the Vatican Museums.

The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo comprise about 55 hectares (11 more than Vatican City) of which 30 make up a garden while 25 are used for farming. The latter is carried out with full regard for the aesthetics proper to countryside gardening. The entire papal residence enjoys all the privileges of extraterritoriality. When one visits the pontifical estates or Villa Pontificia for the first time, he does not expect to come across the ruins of what is perhaps the most famous villa of ancient Rome, the Albanum Domitiani, the magnificent summer residence of the Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD), which once covered roughly 14 kilometers along the Appian Way towards Lake Albano. 
  • Private tour
  • The tour will be a total of 6-hours from pick-up to drop-off
  • Pontifical Villa of Castel Gandolfo Ticket (included) includes the admission and the visit to the Apostolic Palace with an audioguide (available languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Russian)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional English-speaking driver
  • Fuel surcharge
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)

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Important information
Know before you go
• Air-conditioned, fully insured and licensed legal vehicle and permissions to enter the historical center of Rome
• All tours can be modified and/or customized to meet your complete satisfaction
• The vehicle and driver will be at your complete disposal for the entire duration of the tour and can take you where big buses cannot go, you will walk definitely less and see more
• The English-speaking driver will give a general overview regarding the history of the areas in the car before you start walking around on your own. By Italian law, he is unable to conduct guides inside the museums, monuments, etc. or even to leave the car to walk around with you
• You don’t need a Certified Guide for the Pontifical Villa, the tickets include the audioguides
• If you want to spend more time on the tour, you can add extra hours to the itinerary for an additional cost to balance cash directly to the driver
• A maximum of 8 persons per booking
• Adult pricing applies to all travelers

From £439.81 per person

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Product ID: 83037