Meet your group and tour guide at Piazza Re di Roma, in the exact center of the square at 8:30am. Hop on your comfortable bus for a 1-hour drive to Castel Gandolfo, where the traditional papal summer residence is situated, just outside of Rome in the Alban Hills.
On arrival, take a break to grab a coffee or shop for souvenirs (both at own expense) before your group begins it 45-minute tour of the Apostolic Palace. Learn about the rare treasure housed here, as well as its history that dates back to 1626. Get a chance to stroll along the terrace, and take pictures of the surrounding Italian landscape.
You will then be handed over to an official Vatican guide for a spectacular tour of the Apostolic Palace for an insider’s look at the rare treasures and history it contains. Stand in awe of the most intimate areas of the palace like the Pope’s actual bedroom, study and private chapel, all recently opened for limited visits. Explore this remarkable complex, often referred to as the ‘Second Vatican’, culminating in the breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape from the Papal Terrace, a privilege reserved for very few'.
After, it’s off to the Barberini Gardens for just over an hour. Walk along the paved pathways, and marvel at the intricately landscaped grounds. From bright green grass to ruby roses and towering trees, the gardens are well worth exploring. See the Magnolia Garden, the Path of Roses, the ruins of the imperial theater, an ancient passageway, and the Belvedere Gardens.
Next, jump on a shuttle for a 10-minute ride to the location for lunch where you’ll sample an array of fresh foods from the Pope’s private farm like yogurt, cheeses, honey, salads, produce, and bruschetta with oil and tomatoes.
Get on your original bus you took to Castel Gandolfo to make the journey back Rome.