Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope Fullday from Rome

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You’ll spend the day to visit the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo the Summer Residence of the Pope and enjoy the Castelgandolfo town. Papal Blessing on Parchment in English Included.The driver will meet to your accommodation in Rome and then enjoy a  journey by private air-conditioned vehicle. Your tour will also include time for a good lunch.Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: - Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers - Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) - Welcoming comfortable and fully air-conditioned last model Mercedes or other similar private vehicles
9:30am - You will be picked up from your hotel in Rome by your professional English-speaking driver. You'll enjoy a scenic 1 hour drive to Castel Gandolfo.You’ll visit The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo on your own with audioguides (included and available in English, French, German, Russian and Spanish), then you’ll enjoy the pretty historical centre of Castel Gandolfo town and the scenic view of the Albano Lake with the a stop for a very good lunch.After lunch back to your accommodation in Rome.Papal Blessing on Parchment in English Included.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.When one visits the pontifical estates or “Villa Pontificia” for the first time, he does not expect to come across the ruins of what is perhaps the most famous villa of ancient Rome, the “Albanum Domitiani”, the magnificent summer residence of the Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD), which once covered roughly 14 kilometres along the Appian Way towards Lake Albano. 

What’s included

  • Private Tour
  • One Papal Blessing on Parchment in English
  • Audioguides
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional English-speaking Driver
  • Fuel surcharge

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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