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Rome: Papal Summer Residence Half-Day Trip

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5 reviews

Activity provider: Italy Wonders

Rome: Papal Summer Residence Half-Day Trip

Activity provider: Italy Wonders

From US$ 52.76 per person

Visit the Pope's summer residence on this half-day trip. See the iconic papal gardens on an open bus and explore the rich history inside the grand Apostolic Palace.

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Duration 4 hours
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English, Italian, Spanish
Audio guide included
English, Italian, Spanish


  • Feel the presence of history on a half-day trip to the Pope’s summer residence
  • See the Barberini Gardens and learn about its history thanks to an audio guide
  • Visit the papal apartments inside the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo
  • Examine the portrait gallery showcasing the long line of popes through history
  • Marvel at the splendour and artistic design of the papal palace apartments
Full description

Take a tour of the Apostolic Palace, stroll through the Barberini Gardens, and walk in the footsteps of the pope himself on this thrilling half-day trip.

After meeting your host near Termini Station, a train will take you to Castel Gandolfo, where you’ll transfer to a comfortable open-roofed bus.

Enjoy the Barberini Gardens for an hour while the audio guide explains the interesting details of the area. You’ll be fascinated by the sense of history and grandeur as you pass through this historical must-see.

Take in the breathtaking views of the picturesque Lake Albano – and be sure to take lots of photos.

From there, you’ll step into the impressive Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Take your time to enjoy this world of pure artistic beauty. Visit the luxurious papal apartments, see the gallery of the papal portraits, the extensive Vatican Library, and much more! 

An absolute must-do for any visitor to the area.

  • Round trip ticket
  • Audio guide
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security.
Customer reviews

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3.4 /5

based on 5 reviews

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I always wanted to visit Castel Gandolfo, this program fulfilled my expectation. In the town there are small restaurants where you can eat well. Thanks.

June 10, 2022

It does not appear in the description of the climb, which is very difficult to do on foot because there is no shuttle service even for people whose state of health justifies it. I have heart surgery and I thought I would never reach the end of the climb to the perched village. It must be reported and a service provided.

May 12, 2022

The experience was negative I had organized for a 7 hour tour and in 1 hour and a half we finished, the guide with the headset, the return ticket I paid for it because waiting for the indicated time nice ticket was too much (3 hours)! Not i really liked it

April 16, 2022

Product ID: 412296