This unique tour begins with the most exclusive trip from Rome – to the Pope’s Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, including a visit to villa Barberini gardens and a visit to the apostolic Papal Palace with its breath taking view overlooking Lake Albano. Only booking with our company you can have the chance to have lunch into the exclusive Papal “Padiglione del riposo” right in the middle of the astonishing Barberini gardens! On Saturdays you can upgrade to an afternoon 3 – hours Vatican walking tour with a live speaking tour guide that starts at the Vatican Museums and ends at St’ Peter’s Basilica.
This exclusive day trip from Rome begins with a bus ride from the meeting point at Via Cavour building #224 to the Pope’s Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo. One of Italy’s most scenic towns, located only 15 miles southeast of Rome, it is understandable why Popes have chosen this spot as their sanctuary for hundreds of years. Recently opened to the public by Pope Francis, the Papal Palace – also known as the Apostolic Palace was designed by Carlo Maderno - the same architect as St. Peter’s Basilica’s facade. Previously off-limits, you can now discover the rare history and treasures contained in this extravagant yet intimate interior, including the works of Bernini. You arrive to the top of this secluded, charming town, where your exclusive Apostolic Palace sightseeing audio guided tour begins. This audioguided tour will last about an hour. From the Apostolic Palace you will head towards Pope’s private and luxurious Barberini Gardens where you will have the chance to explore the gardens by an ecological golf car for about one hour, using your audio guide. After your visit to the Pope’s gardens, you will have about an hour lunch break to taste some delicious food chosen for you directly from Pope’s Residence fresh products. Around 1 pm our driver will pick you up to ride you back to Rome (dropping you at the same point of the departure) or at the Vatican if you have chosen to upgrade to a Vatican tour. If you prefer to visit the Vatican as well you can simply select the afternoon walking tour with a live speaking tour guide. This is the best option to visit the highlights of the art collections displayed throughout 8 km of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel and the St'Peter's Basilica. An expert tour guide will be with you for about 3 - hours.