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Castel Gandolfo: Pope's Summer Residence Tour

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Activity provider: Tourismotion

Castel Gandolfo: Pope's Summer Residence Tour

Activity provider: Tourismotion
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From US$ 48.22 US$ 38.58 per person

Explore the gorgeous gardens and interesting buildings of the pope's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo on a guided tour. Learn about the popes of the past and present, and walk in their footsteps.

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Duration 3 - 6 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Audio guide included
Spanish, English


  • Visit one of the unique and emblematic Pope’s summer residence with priority access
  • Discover the unique collections at its museum with our guide
  • Have a look at its stunning and gigantic gardens
Full description

Visit the summer residence of the pope at Castel Gandolfo. Wander through its stunning gardens, browse the Apostolic Palace museum exhibition, and learn about the pope, past and present.

Meet your guide at the entrance of the villas and then board a bus to visit the gardens of the pope's summer residence. As you go through the gardens, learn interesting facts and see where the library is located. Hear about the library's catalogue including works by Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. Make stops at some of the most emblematic points such as La Villa Barberini. Also see Villa Cybo, a garden full of marble statues and fountains of great artistic value. Then, visit the Apostolic Palace, also known as the Papal Palace and now serves as a museum. In the museum, see different pope-mobiles and discover the many aspects of the pope's day-to-day life. During the course of your tour hear about the popes who have passed at the residence, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's time here after his resignation, and many other stories.

  • Entrance to the Papal Gardens and Palace
  • Priority tickets to access the area
  • Live speaking guide
  • Earphones to listen to the guide during the tour
  • Transport by minibus or coach (in case of Day trip)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security
  • Access to the monuments on this tour is not possible with large backpacks. Please take a small bags
  • Please, you are required to keep your shoulders and knees covered at all times; please wear long-sleeved shirts and pants or a skirt that covers your knees
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I thought this was a good value for the money. We were chauffeured around like VIPs. Definitely worth the guide if only for being driven through the gardens which are beautiful but also very extensive. We wouldn’t have seen much of them if we had been walking, even if we hadn’t been toting a baby and toddler. Our guide was pleasant, knowledgeable, and patient with my 8 year old who had many questions!

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May 29, 2022

The Gardens of the Castle are incomparably more beautiful than the Vatican Gardens! I recommend everyone to visit this place. Our Hungarian guide (Barbara) was amazing!

August 7, 2022

Product ID: 410413