Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope Fullday from Rome

Castel Gandolfo, Italy

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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 4 more


Though smaller, and with far less art, the Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas are a feasible alternative to the Vatican for travelers who would like to avoid Rome’s crowds. This tour takes you from your hotel in Rome to the villas—located about an hour south of the city next to Lago Albano—saving you the trouble of navigation. Take a tour of the Papal Palace’s gardens, portrait museum, and library with an audio guide, then explore the town of Castelgandolfo’s pretty historic center. Plus, you’ll get your very own Papal blessing on parchment.
  • Skip the crowded Vatican for a visit to the Pope’s summer residence
  • Spend a day outside of the bustle of Rome at gardens and villas next to a lake
  • Receive a papal blessing on parchment at the end of your tour
  • Includes entrance fees, audio guides, and pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Rome


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, Aug 2018

Castelgandolfo is such a lovely scenic town which overlooks Lake Albano. The town has a main square which has cafes and shops and souvenirs. it is very pretty and highly recommend a visit. It's a great escape to spend some quiet time away from the flock of tourists in central Rome. Within this town is the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo where portraits of historical popes are beautifully presented, along with the amazing garments that they wore. The only disappointment was that the Barberini Gardens the natural botanical garden was closed, so don't go on a Wednesday! Sadly the driver did not inform us. You also have to remind the driver to give you your pope parchment but they were so lovely to have gone to the trouble to post it and we eventually received it. Please note that this was only for a chaperone service and nothing more. The driver was polite and it was a very comfortable mode of transport to get to the town. Overall a beautiful quiet town worth the visit.


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