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Pope’s Summer Residence Tour - Lunch included

Pope’s Summer Residence Tour - Lunch included

This unique half-day tour from Rome will take you to the lovely town of Castel Gandolfo where you will visit the Papal Palace and its stunning landscaped gardens.

Castel Gandolfo, built on the site of the legendary ancient settlement of Alba Longa, is one of Italy’s most picturesque towns, and has been home to the Papal summer retreat since 1596. Situated in the Regional Park of the Castelli Romani, it enjoys splendid views over the beautiful Lake Albano, which you will be able to admire from the grounds of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis only opened up this previously secretive property of the Holy See in 2016. On this tour, you will be able to explore the up-to-now hidden gems of this glorious private residence with an audio-guide in the language of your choice. Then you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeously manicured Barberini Gardens and the impressive ruins of Emperor Domitian’s villa, before enjoying a lunch prepared with fresh produce from the palace farm!

If you have not already done so, you will have the chance to add a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with our fantastic guide onto your experience, in which case, upon your return to Rome, you will be dropped off right outside the Vatican.


Relax on the bus journey to Castel Gandolfo, just 25km from Rome, and then visit the exclusive Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens with an audio-guided tour.
  • Travel by comfortable bus to the charming town of Castel Gandolfo
  • Visit the recently opened Apostolic palace with an audio-guide
  • Tour the Barberini Gardens in an eco-frienly golf cart

what's included

  • Admission fees to the Papal Palace and gardens
  • Ecological golf car for the Papal gardens
  • Audio guide in your selected language
  • Lunch
  • Bus or minivan from the meeting point and back

what's not included

  • Pick-up and drop off from hotel
  • Live tour guide for the Castel Gandolfo Papal Residence

meeting point

Your meeting point is at Via Cavour building 224 near the bus stop (take Metro CAVOUR stop on Line B).
Please arrive 25 minutes before the start of your tour to check-in with a member of our staff.

ending point

Same location as the meeting point - Via Cavour 224 at the bus stop.

dress code

Comfortable shoes!