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$142.34 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Rome to Pope's Summer Residence Trip with Admission and Lunch

On this unique tour, we take you on a journey of discovery to the Vatican’s most coveted getaway in Castel Gandolfo just 15 miles south of Rome in the verdant Alban hills, where you will be treated to a guided visit of the Papal summer residence, including the Apostolic Palace and the Barberini Gardens, as well as a once in a lifetime chance to have a buffet lunch on local products that come directly from the Pope’s private farm, with the chance to buy them for yourself, a rare privilege usually reserved exclusively for Vatican citizens, dignitaries, the high clergy or the Pope himself, and we’re the only tour operator to offer this! Meet our expert guide who will accompany you throughout the day at a central location in Rome before embarking on the 1-hour bus ride to Castel Gandolfo via private coach. Once arrived and fresh with the captivating stories and commentary provided by your guide on the way up, you’ll have some free time in the town of Castel Gandolfo for a coffee break, shopping for souvenirs or just exploring its narrow alleys and sweeping views.You will then be handed over to an official Vatican guide for a spectacular 45-minute guided visit to the Apostolic Palace for an insider’s look at the rare treasures and history it contains. This 17th century abode has served as a summer residence to the Popes since Urban VIII chose it for its stunning position and panorama in 1626. 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 the first leg of your visit, you will continue with your official Vatican guide for a 1 hour and 15 minutes guided stroll covering the best of the Barberini Gardens, some of the most beautiful in Italy and the world. Built over the ruins of the Emperor Domitian’s villa, this Renaissance masterpiece can be described as nothing less than a feast for the senses. Admire the extraordinarily evocative natural and archaeological features of this earthly paradise, including the Magnolia Garden, Path of Roses, with the impressive ruins of the imperial theatre, the ancient ‘crypto-portico’ covered passageway, and more until you reach the Belvedere Gardens with sweeping views that reach all the way to the sea. A 10-minute shuttle transfer and you’ll be off to sample products from the Pope’s private farm for a lunch. Listen to your guide as they describe the farm in detail. You’ll then be ready to sit down and enjoy a meal fit for the Pope himself composed of yogurt, cheeses, honey, bruschetta with oil and tomatoes, salads, fresh produce and more, all produced from the surrounding land and of uncompromising quality. You’ll even get to try the famed ‘Pope’s Milk’! You’ll be back on your private bus for Rome enriched by this unique experience with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the evening in Rome

$359.26 Cultural & Theme Tours

Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers

Start your journey with pickup from your hotel or preferred accommodation within Rome's City Center. Relax as your hospitable and private driver takes you to the Papal Villas in Castel Gandolfo. Enjoy beautiful views of the castle as it displays a mixture of Medieval and Baroque architecture. Board your personal golf cart as your guide takes you around the vast gardens of Barberini Gardens by revealing its fascinating history. You’ll be lead up to the top of the Alban Hills where you can admire the stunning panoramic views from one of the highest vantage points overlooking the outskirts of Rome. Discover Papal Farm which embraces the traditional lifestyle of Rome. You’ll be introduced to many of the Pope’s animals such as the cows, chickens, sheep and many others. Once back at the Castle, you’ll continue your tour through the Papal summer residence that has since been turned into a museum by Pope Francis. The highlight of this spectacular tour is the Apostolic Palace with its Music Room which is usually closed to the public. End your adventure by eating an Italian or Roman lunch while overlooking Lake Albano. After eating your delicious meal, enjoy a relaxing ride back to hotel or preferred accommodation (Rome's City Center) with your professional driver.

$53.68 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Pope's Summer Residence

Meet your EnjoyRome staff member at Via Germanico 8 at 7:30am for a full-day trip.The first stop on this walking tour is the Vatican Museums, one of the main destinations and top things to do in Rome. Armed with priority access you get to skip-the-line, allowing you more time to discover great works of art by Michelangelo and other famous artists. Your sightseeing tour of the Vatican continues to one of the most revered places to see in Rome, the Sistine Chapel. An absolute must-see in Rome, you can walk at your own pace with the aid of an audio guide, as you explore amazing works of art including Michelangelo's The Last Judgement, the largest fresco ever painted by one man. Enjoy an hour to walk around the Vatican Square Gardens using an audio guide, before making your way to Castel Gandolfo by train from the Vatican Station (within the walls of Vatican City).Arrival at Castel Gandolfo, one of the most exclusive day trips from Rome and one of Italy's most scenic towns (located only 15 miles southeast of Rome). Take a short ride by mini bus from the train station and you arrive at this secluded, charming town where you will eat lunch (at own expense) and stroll around, absorbing the breathtaking views before your sightseeing tour begins.Recently opened to the public by Pope Francis, the Apostolic Palace is only open for a select number of tours. The Papal Palace was designed by Carlo Maderno, the same architect that designed the 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. Explore the Pope's private and luxurious Barberini Gardens by mini ecological train with audio guide (provided at the gardens by the gate of Villa Cybo). Arrive back to St. Peter's Train Station at approximately 6:15pm.

$231.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo

Take a comprehensive small group tour of the Vatican City's museums, gardens and villas. Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before they open to the public to admire masterpieces of art by Michelangelo, Raphael and many others without the crowds.  Benefit from the services of an English-speaking assistant and an audio guide to help you discover all the main sights of the museums and Vatican Gardens. Get stunning views of St. Peter's Basilica from the manicured gardens, and admire the grottoes, fountains and other monuments in the grounds. Then, ride the exclusive Vatican train to the pope's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. Take an audio-guided bus tour of the gardens and enjoy some free time to walk around at leisure. Travel back to Rome city center and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

$127.07 Shore Excursions

Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope and Catacombs Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia Port

Meet your private air-conditioned vehicle dockside under your ship and transfer directly to Rome. The driver will wait for you with a sign with your name on and He will be with you during the entire day.Papal Blessing on Parchment in English Included.What you will visit:You'll enjoy a scenic 1 hour drive to the first placeCastel Gandolfo:In Castel Gandolfo you’ll visit The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo on your own with audioguides (available languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Russian), then you’ll enjoy the pretty historical centre of Castel Gandolfo town and the scenic view of the Albano Lake.The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo are increasingly accessible to visitors. Following the opening to the public of the Barberini Garden and the inauguration, within the Apostolic Palace, of the Museums of the Gallery of the Portraits of the Pontiffs, now the most private and reserved areas of the papal residence can also be admired and enjoyed by pilgrims and tourists. Many of the exclusive places in the Papal Apartment will be revealed to visitors: from the Bedchamber to the Private Chapel, from the Library to the Study, along a rich exhibition itinerary conceived, arranged and managed by the Vatican Museums.The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo comprise about 55 hectares (11 more than Vatican City) of which 30 make up a garden while 25 are used for farming. The latter is carried out with full regard for the aesthetics proper to countryside gardening. The entire papal residence enjoys all the privileges of extraterritoriality.You will have free time for a very good lunch in Castelgandolfo.Christian Catacombs:Once you get to the Catacombs your entrance tickets will be purchased on the spot. Your driver will be able to help you complete the task. Then you'll start your visit inside with a small-group tour in your prefered language given by the Catacombs staff (available languages: English, Spanish, German, French).At the end of the tour the driver will take you back to the port of Civitavecchia, leaving you outside your ship.

$132.45 Day Trips & Excursions

Vatican Museums & Castel Gandolfo Pope's Summer Residence Day Trip

Skip the Line Vatican Tour Your day begins early in the morning, as you meet your guide in front of the Vatican Museums. After you make introductions with your small group, skip the line and enter the Vatican Museums forty-five minutes before the general public is allowed inside. When we say "skip the line", we mean it. On our tours, you enter the museum without any hassle, and jump right into the art inside. On this Vatican tour, we visit the Gallery of Candelabras, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Raphael Rooms and the magnificent Sistine Chapel. Visit the Incredible Sistine Chapel Since it is part of the Vatican Tour, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is included in your tickets. It is here that Michelangelo toiled for four years on his back painting these world-famous and inspiring frescoes. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many paintings are up there. Important! Since the Sistine Chapel is considered sacred, we ask both men and women to their cover knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary. Vatican City to Castel Gandolfo Train After touring the Vatican Gardens, climb aboard the train that departs straight from Vatican City for a relaxing and scenic ride through the green Castelli Romani hills. After a busy morning, this is an excellent opportunity to rest and recharge for the second portion of the day's activities. After an hour, your train arrives at the Castel Gandolfo Train Station. Barberini Gardens at Castel Gandolfo Now it's time to experience the enchanting Barberini Gardens from a bus and by foot. Built over the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s Villa, the gardens are now open to the public as a gesture of goodwill by Pope Francis. These unbelievable gardens are filled with carefully tended hedges, fountains, flowers and ancient Roman ruins. A Feast Fit for the Pope Himself Are you hungry yet? It's time for a buffet lunch comprised of cheeses, meats, bruschetta with olive oil and fresh tomatoes and pasta locally-sourced from the surrounding land.  Lunch is included in the tour price. Explore the Pope's Summer Residence With a full belly, you are now free to explore the picturesque town of Castel Gandolfo, situated at the top of hill that overlooks the pristine Lake Albano. There are shops, restaurants, art galleries, bars and cafes to shop and relax in. This is also your opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Pope's summer residence, which is now a museum.