We’ve designed this tour to give you access to two properties that were once the exclusive domain of the Popes. First, we’ll take you the Barberini Garden, a favorite retreat for Pope Benedict, then it’s on to the Apostolic Palace where generations of Popes spent the summer months away from the heat and crowds of Rome. With audio guides at both sites and an expert tour leader to take care of logistics, this is an accessible way to escape the tourist path in Rome and see two of the most impressive properties owned by the Holy See.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Giardino Barberini, Castel Gandolfo, Province of Rome, LazioOur first stop is the Barberini Garden, which you’ll explore on an electric train with an audio guide. Built on the remains of Emperor Domitian’s palace, the gardens are a unique mix of Roman ruins and carefully cultivated flora; verdant terraces filled with Cedars, Cypress, and Holm Oaks mixed with geometric flower beds that erupt into bloom in the spring and summer. Although these gardens, which were a favorite of John Paul II, have been cultivated since the 17th century, they have only been opened to the public in the last few years making this an experience some 400 years in the making. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Palazzo Pontificio, Castel Gandolfo, Province of Rome, LazioAfter the gardens, we’ll take you directly the Apostolic Palace, which was the summer home of the Popes before the pontificate of Pope Francis. Walking through its corridors with an official Vatican audio guide, you’ll take in beautiful architecture by Carlo Maderno, portraits of past Popes, and real examples of some of their most vibrant ceremonial garb. Along the way, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the ways that the papacy has changed over the centuries. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Centro arte Castel Gandolfo, Castel Gandolfo, Province of Rome, LazioAfter you’ve seen the best of the Apostolic Palace, we’ll orient you in the town of Castel Gandolfo then give you some free time to get lunch and do a little self-guided sightseeing. If you have any questions about what to see or where to eat, don’t hesitate to ask - that’s why we’re here. Duration: 1 hour