1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Castel Gandolfo
  4. Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo

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

Product ID: 343821
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Relax on a train ride from Rome Termini Station and journey to the Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo. Explore the Papal Gardens on an open bus and enjoy entry to the Papal Residence on this half-day tour.
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Duration: 6 - 6.5 hours
Starting time 8:45 AM
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  • Relax on a train ride from Rome Termini Station
  • Explore the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo
  • Enjoy an exclusive lunch in the stunning Barberini Gardens
  • Discover the Castelli Romani while taking in breathtaking views of Lake Albano
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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. While you enjoy the fresh air and summer breeze, the staff of the Papal residence will prepare your exclusive lunch (if you select the lunch option).

Before lunch (optional), visit the 7 rooms of the Apostolic Palace and hear the stories and legends that surround the villas. At noon, be invited to dine in the stunning gardens of Castel Gandolfo while sipping on delicious local wine.

After your visit of the Papal residence, your tour guide will join you once again and take you for a lovely stroll around the Roman Town. If you want, buy a souvenir at one of the local shops, famous for their boar meat sausages and lovely wine. Complete your visit with a lovely picture at Lake Albano and breathe the fresh mountain air.

Return to Rome by train around 2:30 PM with beautiful memories of the day.
  • Tour guide
  • Round-trip train tickets
  • Audio guide
  • Lunch (if option is chosen)
  • Ticket entrance to the Papal Residence
What’s Not Included
  • Tour guide
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Largo Giovanni Montemartini, 00185 Roma RM, Italy. Look for your guide who will be holding a sign with the logo of the local partner on in front of the newspaper shop. Please be at the meeting point 25 minutes before departure time.

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From US$ 77.61 per person

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Vivicos International Travel

Product ID: 343821