PRICE

$51.37

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Key Details

City: Rome


Duration: 6 hrs 30 mins


Start Time: 9.00AM

Highlights

  • Step inside the Pope’s summer residence
  • Explore the historic Barberini Garden
  • Learn about each sight through official Vatican audio guides
  • Enjoy free time and lunch in the picturesque town of Castel Gandolfo
  • A friendly, local tour leader escorts you to and from Castel Gandolfo on the train from Rome

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.

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 ...

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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.

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 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 gets you back onto the train to Rome and ensures you make it back to Termini Station without any stress or hassle.

  • 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

Reviews

5-stars from over 4 Customer Reviews

The Barberini Gardens was a great mixture of nature and archaeology. Everything was beautifully kept and a joy to see. The day of my visit we enjoyed a nice breeze while riding on a small electric bus. I love that we got to experience this moment away from the crowds. This is definitely something I would do again.

Rita

Jun 13, 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.

Sasha

Sep 12, 2019

This tour surpassed our expectations.The Barberini Gardens are so beautiful and a joy to witness up close. I hadn't expected the train ride to Castel Gandolfobe to be a bonus but the day of my travel it was so pleasant with the wonderful views along the way. Thank you for such a great experience.

Ana

Aug 08, 2019

It was a beautiful experience and would recommend it to anyone. The gardens a unique, the history amazing and the view spectacular.

Rich

Jul 15, 2019

The Barberini Gardens was a great mixture of nature and archaeology. Everything was beautifully kept and a joy to see. The day of my visit we enjoyed a nice breeze while riding on a small electric bus. I love that we got to experience this moment away from the crowds. This is definitely something I would do again.

Rita

Jun 13, 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.

Sasha

Sep 12, 2019

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