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Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Small Group Tour

Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo Small Group Tour

From US$ 283.58 per person

Discover the secrets of the Vatican City and access the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive to marvel at masterpieces of art from the papal collections on a small group tour. Ride the train to the pope's summer residence and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Pickup included
Pickup from all accommodations within the Aurelian Walls
Small group
Limited to 14 participants


  • Discover the secrets of the Vatican City
  • See masterpieces of art at the Vatican Museums without the crowds
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel
  • Ride the train to the pope's summer residence
Full description
Take a comprehensive small group tour of the Vatican City's museums, gardens and villas. Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before they open to the public to admire masterpieces of art by Michelangelo, Raphael and many others without the crowds. Benefit from the services of an English-speaking assistant and an audio guide to help you discover all the main sights of the museums and Vatican Gardens. Get stunning views of St. Peter's Basilica from the manicured gardens, and admire the grottoes, fountains and other monuments in the grounds. Then, ride the exclusive Vatican train to the pope's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. Take an audio-guided bus tour of the gardens and enjoy some free time to walk around at leisure. Travel back to Rome city center and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.
  • Pick-up and drop off at hotels inside the Aurelian Walls of Rome
  • Transportation
  • Entrance ticket
  • English-speaking assistant
  • Audio guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick-up and drop off at hotels outside the Aurelian Walls of Rome
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • It is recommended you wear comfortable shoes
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats are available on request, if advised at time of booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 1 reviews

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The length of the experience may seem too long but it definitely didn't feel that way. The Vatican is incredible and time simply stands still when you are in the Sistine Chapel. You simply don't want to leave the beauty and peace. Our guide, Debora, was amazing. We had a group of 5 and she made an effort to connect with each person in the group throughout the day. She was very knowledgeable and personable. The train ride to Castel Gandolfo was fun. Imagine taking a private train in the back yard of the Pope's home as you exit the amazing gardens. I highly recommend you watch "The Two Popes" in advance of going. I always find myself imagining what life was like whenever I visit a site. The movie certainly brings to life the interactions that may have happened in real life.

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April 20, 2020

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Product ID: 144399