Half-Day Trip from Rome: Pope’s Summer Residence and Barberini Gardens Tour

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Visit the remarkably beautiful and scenic village of Castel Gandolfo, a place so beautiful where Popes used to spend their leisure time in summer. Start your day with a train journey from Rome to Castel Gandolfo. And enjoys some breathtaking views on ancient aqueducts on your way. See the enormous Papal Palace with narrations of a multilingual audio guide. Discover a Papal residence that was closed to the public until 2016 then converted into a museum. Next, experience a drive on an ecological open bus to explore the extraordinary Barberini Gardens. And be pleased while having a delightful lunch with spectacular views at a place inside the garden.

• Enjoy a train ride with scenic views from Rome to Castel Gandolfo
• Explore the tremendous Summer Residence very recently opened to the public
• Learn more about the of the places from an audio guide
• Have a delightful lunch in the remarkable Barberini Gardens
• Get mesmerized by the scenery of Lake Albano

Entry to the Papal Palace and Gardens
Round Train Tickets
Tour Leader
Audio Guide
Pick-up & drop-off
Tour guide

Departure Point

Largo Giovanni Montemartini, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

8:10 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Stop At:  
Meet your tour leader at the Central Station Termini to get on board a train for going to Castel Gandolfo, the Papal Residence for almost 400 years. It is a beautiful town located just 12 miles north of Rome. Before your journey starts, your guide will provide a brief introduction about the visiting town and tell you stories about several Popes and Emperors who used the place to escape Roman Heat during summer. Don't miss the chance to witness the remains of ancient Roman aqueducts that are worth seeing as long as visible to your eyes from the train.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo
Discover the stunning Barberini gardens on a Vatican ecological open bus. And get mesmerized by the extensive size and beauty of the gardens. The superb grounds and trimmed gardens are a pleasant, peaceful place loaded with nicely managed plants, flowers, fountains, and views. In the meantime, the stuff of the Papal residence will prepare a traditional and delicious lunch for you. By the end of your exploration of the vast gardens, your lunch will be ready and served. Have your lunch in a place within the boundaries of the gardens with scenic views over the lake Albano before continuing with the next part of the tour.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Castel Gandolfo
After reaching you will be amazed by the town's extensive history and jaw-dropping beauty. Enter the Apostolic Palace with an audio guide. Explore the Papal residence opened for tourists and pilgrims very recently by Pope Francis. Walk on the footsteps of Popes while exploring the bedrooms and other parts of the Pope's summer retreat. You'll also love the narrated audio about fascinating stories and facts related to the villas.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castel Gandolfo
After lunch, your tour leader will join you again for a delightful walk around the town of Castel Gandolfo. Try locally-made famous meat sausage or wines and buy souvenirs if you want. Conclude your visit with a beautiful picture at Lake Albano and inhale the fresh mountain air. You'll return to Rome by train around 2:30 PM with a wonderful collection of memories from this exceptional day out.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation policy

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