Vatican and Pope's Summer Residence Trip Including Admission

Cultural & Theme Tours in Val Badia & Alpe di Fanes

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Explore Vatican City and Rome like few others do on a full-day Vatican treasures tour. Enjoy exclusive no-wait access to discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Pope’s summer residence. Then, ride the recently-opened Vatican train through the Alban Hills, and explore the Castel Gandolfo and Barberini Gardens. Skip-the-line admission and round-trip train fare are included on this tour.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioMeet your group and tour guide outside the Vatican’s main entrance at 8:00am. Then, bypass the long entrance lines as your guide whisks you through an exclusive no-wait entrance. Meander through the lavish galleries of the Vatican Museum, listen as your guide highlights famed masterpieces, relics, and intriguing items visitors often overlook. Next, marvel at the world-famous grandeur of the Sistine Chapel before exploring the Vatican Gardens. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, Castel Gandolfo, Province of Rome, LazioContinue on to the lush green Alban Hills via the lesser-known Vatican Train. Hop onboard and admire the view as you travel through Rome and hear some fascinating history of this region. When you alight, follow your guide to the exquisite Renaissance estate, Castel Gandolfo and Barberini Gardens. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Giardino Barberini, Castel Gandolfo, Province of Rome, LazioEnjoy free time relaxing in the gardens, then head inside the Papal residence, where Popes have summered since 1626. Explore the Pope’s study, chapel, and private chambers. Then, enjoy panoramic views of the Roman coast from the Papal Terrace. Finally, board the train back to the Vatican where your tour concludes.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • English speaking Official Vatican Guide for Vatican Museums and Vatican Gardens walking tour
  • Return Train to Castel Gandolfo
  • English speaking Official Vatican Guide in Castel Gandolfo for the tour of the Apostolic Palace, Private Papal Apartments and gardens
  • Groups of 25 people or less
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo
  • Entry/Admission - Giardino Barberini

What’s not included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food/Beverage
  • Gratuities


  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide