Water activity

From Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak and Swimming Lake Tour

4.8 / 5

72 reviews

Activity provider: Canoa Kayak Academy

From Rome: Castel Gandolfo Kayak and Swimming Lake Tour

Activity provider: Canoa Kayak Academy

From US$ 43.17 per person

Take a dip in the history of Castel Gandolfo from a unique perspective, with a peaceful kayak lake tour. Enjoy interesting stops with an informative guide who will help you with your kayaking technique and tell you all about the lake along the way.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Italian
Pickup included
For the morning 10:30 AM tour, you can get picked up from Rome's Anagnina Subway Station (red subway line) at 9:30 AM or at from the lake at Via Spiaggia del Lago 17/b alle at 10:15 AM. The pickup for the afternoon 3:30 PM tour starts at 2:30 PM. If meeting at Rome's Anagnina Subway Station, meet in front of the old train wagon inside the subway, the old monumental wagon is positioned exactly in front of the subway exit.


  • Kayak between history and nature on a beautiful lake
  • Hear stories about the lake and receive paddling tips from your guide
  • Enjoy pristine nature just a short distance from Rome
Full description
Immerse yourself in the history and nature of this peaceful lake, located just a short distance from Rome, on a kayak tour with plenty of interesting stops and technical kayaking tips. After a quick paddling, navigation and communication lesson, you will begin your tour of the lake. Stops will include the village of the millstones, the Roman port of the Villa of Domitian, the Trampoline of the Pope, and a beautiful beach reachable only by kayak, where you can swim if the weather is right. Along the way you will see the summer residence of the Popes, atop the mountain of Castel Gandolfo and surrounded by untouched nature. You can Listen to the sound of local wildlife and the water lapping, a unique and unforgettable experience so close to Rome. Your guide will provide technical assistance throughout the tour, and offer stories and anecdotes about the lake. After arriving back at the starting point, you will have the opportunity to take a shower before heading back to the capital.
  • Kayak and paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Waterproof bag
  • Bottled water
  • Transportation from Rome
  • GoPro camera
  • Sun hat
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Towel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 72 reviews

Review summary

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The lake is so beautiful for kayaking. Also ideal for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. We were accompanied the whole time by our guides Andrea and Nicole. We could ask everything and were also given the necessary explanation about the origin of the lake. We got a bottle of water and at the stop we got a piece of pizza and we were allowed to swim. Highly recommended!

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August 31, 2022

It was a nice relaxing but active program on a hot summer day. Our guide, Andrea was quiet a bit, but very kind. He drove us to the lakeside (approx. 20-30 min. from the Anangina metro station), explained shortly how to use the kayak and we started the tour. We asked for 2 double kayaks to manage with the children but it was easy and safe with jackets. We stopped by the shore to climb up the rocks a bit and swim in a nice calm place. Andrea explained us the origin of the lake and the castle of the Vatican. The water was beautifully clear and warm, very refreshing. They offered us a slice of pizza which was very pleasant. We came back the same way, we spent 2,5-3 hours on the water. For us it was all together a 6-hour program from the hotel and back. It was a really nice afternoon outside the city

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July 25, 2022

Amazing experience! We had as much time as we wanted swimming and could kayak where we wanted to, although this may have been because we were the only people who booked at that time. Lorenzo was a great guide and we had a brilliant time with a very helpful drive to and from the train station as it’s not easy to get to.

July 20, 2022

Product ID: 193553