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Vatican Private Tours

Pope's Summer Residence Private Tour from Rome

This is an exclusive private tour with an English-speaking driver guide to discover the Pope summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo and its baroque Gardens. The Palace was designed by Carlo Maderno the same architect who projected the façade of the Basilica of St. Peter’s.

tour
duration:

4 hour

level of
difficulty:

easy

starting
time:

9:00 am

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Tour Description

This is an exclusive private tour with an English-speaking driver guide to discover the Pope summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo and its baroque Gardens.

The Castel Gandolfo property has been in papal hands since 1596 and over the centuries it has attracted many people due to its beauties - there is something dreamlike along this Italian countryside.

Just 12 miles from Rome raises this tiny and special village surrounded by the turquoise waters of Lake Albano. Located in the heart of the Regional Park of Castelli Romani, visiting Castel Gandolfo gives you the unique opportunity to recall past times and events.

Entering the great front door of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo you will step into a world of pure beauty and art, so take your time, do not rush and enjoy this unique experience. The Palace was designed by Carlo Maderno the same architect who projected the façade of the Basilica of St. Peter’s.

For the travellers who would like to avoid Rome’s crowds, traffic and heatwave, this place is a perfect day trip away from the madness of the Eternal City.

The Palace and the Gardens have been off limits for a very long time and they have been recently opened to the public thanks to Pope Frances.

The perfect day in the Pope Summer Residence

Your personal driver will pick you up at your hotel in Rome and drive you to Castel Gandolfo where you will enter the summer residence of the Pope and with your official Vatican guide you will experience the fascinating Barberini Gardens built partially on the villa of Emperor Domitian. You will tour in an open minibus with a personal audio guide the  Vatican Gardens for about 1,5 hours. You will discover the beauty of the Barberini Gardens embellished by beautiful fountains, see the Roman Criptoportico and the Roman Theatre of Domitian's villa dating back to the 1st century A.D.  Inside the gardens there is also a Pope farm where they produce milk and cheese and honey. Your next adventure will be inside the official and private Residence of the Pope that was in use until the Pope Benedictine XVI.

You will receive an audio guide and on your own you will access inside the Papal Palace and see the famous Room of the portraits of Popes, you will recognize the Pope Julius II who commissioned to Michelangelo the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, then you will move forward to the upper noble floor. Here you will see several rooms of the papal apartments; the Room of the clock and other official Rooms where the Popes used to receive the Head of State. The private Residence includes also the visit of the Pope's apartment including the studio and the bedroom. After admiring one of the best views of Rome’s countryside you will spend some free time to walk around the charming village with local shops and restaurants. Do not miss to enter the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova design by Bernini. Your private driver will meet you after the visit of the Pope Palace and gardens and bring you back to the hotel in Rome city centre.

Do not miss this tour if you come to Rome it's a must-see place, you will enter the Vatican city!

Itinerary
  • Pick you up at your hotel in Rome
  • Barberini Gardens
  • Pope Gardens
  • Pope Farm
  • Pope private and official apartment
This tour includes
  • Private English-speaking driver with Mercedes vehicle
  • Tickets for the Gardens and for the Papal Apartment
  • Audio Guide for the Papal Apartment
  • Open bus with audio guide for the Pope's Gardens tour
Important Info
  • meeting point:

    Pick up in your hotel in Rome

Itinerary
  • Pick you up at your hotel in Rome
  • Barberini Gardens
  • Pope Gardens
  • Pope Farm
  • Pope private and official apartment
This tour includes
  • Private English-speaking driver with Mercedes vehicle
  • Tickets for the Gardens and for the Papal Apartment
  • Audio Guide for the Papal Apartment
  • Open bus with audio guide for the Pope's Gardens tour
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