Key Details


Duration: 6.5 hours

Start Time: 9.00AM


  • Step inside the Pope’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo and explore areas previously closed to the public including the private chapel and bedroom
  • Explore the historic Barberini Garden from the comfort of an open electric bus and admire stunning views of Lake Albano and lush floral compositions
  • Learn about each sight through official Vatican audio guides
  • Enjoy free time and lunch in the picturesque town of Castel Gandolfo
  • No need to worry about logistics as a friendly, local tour leader will escort you to Castel Gandolfo on the train from Rome
  • With a flexible return train ticket you have the option to stay after your tour ends and explore at your own leisure

Tour Description

Our Castel Gandolfo tour meets first thing in the morning at Termini Station to make sure you get on the right train. Once aboard, we’ll give you a brief introduction to your destination: the town of Castel Gandolfo which has played host to Popes for 400 years as they escaped the hot Roman summers.

Our Castel Gandolfo tour stops first in the Barberini Garden, which you’ll see from the comfort of an electric train with an official Vatican audio guide. Planted atop the remains of Emperor Domitian’s palace, the gardens are a mix of ancient ruins and verdant terraces filled with geometric landscaping and hundred-year-old trees. Take in the views of Lake Albano and lush greenery as your guide relates the garden's intricate history.

Next, we’ll escort you to the Apostolic Palace, which you’ll also explore with a Vatican audio guide. Take in architecture by Carlo Maderno, portraits of past Popes, and real examples of some of their most vibrant ceremonial garb. See rooms only recently opened up to the public including the private chapel and the Pope's bedroom as you learn how the building functioned as a summer retreat, working farm, and even a refugee center.

Since Castel Gandolfo is one of the most beautiful towns in the region, we give you free time to discover it for yourself. We’ll help orient you and give you tips and recommendations, but then you’ll be free to enjoy a leisurely lunch, explore the main square, or simply take in the views over the lake.

Our Castel Gandolfo tour includes a flexible return train ticket to Rome, which means you're free to stay on a little longer to explore before journeying back to Rome at your leisure.

  • Sites Visited
  • Castel Gandolfo Hill Town
  • Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo
  • Barberini Garden
  • Included
  • Tickets to the Apostolic Palace with audio tour
  • Tickets to the Barberini Garden with audio tour
  • Transportation to and from Rome


5-stars from over 4 Customer Reviews


Sep 12, 2019

We have been to Rome on many occasions and this trip we wanted to do something different. We enjoyed the Barberini Garden and the Pope’s Summer Residence of Castel Gandolfo (summer home of the Popes for hundreds of years). There were no crowds and we enjoyed all of the beautiful details as we discovered the inside of Castel Gandolfo. There was so much history to soak up. Our audio guides were easy to follow and the arrangements were all well organized. If you've done all of the must see's in Rome and interested in something new, we suggest you try this out for a relaxing stroll through history.