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Rome: Pontifical Villa Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Minibus

Rome: Pontifical Villa Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Minibus

From £32.04 per person

Located in tiny Castel Gandolfo, this divine property has provided peace and quiet to more than 30 popes. Get the papal treatment as you skip the line on a grand visit to the Papal Gardens by minibus with an audioguide.

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Duration 1 - 2.5 hours
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Audio guide included
English, Spanish, French, Italian, German

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the fairy-tale villa where popes have come to escape the hustle and bustle of the Vatican since the 17th century
  • Tour beautiful gardens built into the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s own 2,000 year-old country residence
  • Listen to the audio guide to learn delightfully peculiar stories about the many popes who used the villas as their sanctum
Full description
The Papal Palace complex spans 55 hectares - 11 more than the Vatican. Overlooking the sapphire blue and emerald green waters of Lake Albano, you'll admire the lush tree-lined gardens and view the remains of Emperor Domitian’s residence from an ecological open minibus. Find out which pontiff installed a swimming pool, and which one lay low in Castel Gandolfo for months after handing in his resignation. You can upgrade your minibus tour in the Pontifical Villas with: Popes' Summer Residence: visit the Papal Apartment along with five hundred years of Popes' history in this rich exhibition. Wander from the bedroom to the private chapel and from the library to the studio. Gaze at the balcony from which the Popes pronounced the Angelus every summer Sunday. Or, alternatively: Picnic in the Papal Gardens: enjoy a lunch with traditional foods in the garden picnic area. You'll have a porchetta or vegetarian sandwich to enjoy, bottled water, a wine or beer and typical wine biscuits.
Includes
  • Entrance to the Papal Gardens
  • Audio-guided tour of the Papal Villa in eco-friendly transport (English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish)
  • Hosted Entry
  • Papal Apartment (if option selected)
  • Picnic in the Papal Gardens (if option selected)
  • Guided tour
  • Transportation to Castel Gandolfo
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Please report at meeting point 15 minutes before your activity starts. Our Touristation Staff will wait you near the stairs of the church that is in the place. Show us your reservation voucher on mobile phone or printed.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This is not the ticket; please report at the meeting point to collect your entrance ticket according to your selected option.
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11 July 2021

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