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

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Explore without the hassle of planning on a full day tour of the Pope’s year-round and summer residences. After a tour of the Vatican, which includes the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Gardens, hop on a train to Castel Gandolfo for a tour of the Pope’s summer residence and a buffet lunch made with locally-sourced ingredients. Skip-the-line Vatican admission and a round-trip train ticket are included for your convenience.

Skip the line Vatican tour
Vatican Gardens tour
Buffet lunch at the Pope's summer village
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
English-speaking professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Caffè Vaticano, viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

St. Peter Station Suite, Via della Stazione di S. Pietro, 57, 00165 Roma RM, Italy
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
You’ll start your day bright and early as you meet your tour guide at the Vatican Museums to skip the line and enter forty-five minutes before the general public. After going through a brief security check, you’ll proceed right inside to begin your tour.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
As part of the Vatican Tour, you’ll experience Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Stand in awe at the iconic meticulous frescoes that adorn the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. You’ll be amazed at how Michelangelo spent four years painting The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement while lying on his back. Our knowledgeable guides will tell you fascinating stories about the history of each painting.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Gardens
Your tour will continue to the Vatican Gardens, where only special tour groups are allowed to visit. With your highly-demanded Vatican Gardens tickets, you’ll breathe in the tranquil air of this mini paradise. Stroll through the Vatican Gardens’ grottoes, landscaping and over 100 fountains. You’ll see jaw-dropping views of St. Peter’s Basilica away from the crowds – very few visitors are permitted inside the Vatican Gardens. Once your Vatican Gardens tour is finished, you’ll enter Vatican City’s only train station to board the train to Castel Gandolfo.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Giardino Barberini
After a bus ride up the hill, you’ll visit the marvelous Barberini Gardens. Once the site of Emperor Domitian’s Villa, the Barberini Gardens boast beautifully-designed hedges situated amidst flowers, fountains and Ancient Roman ruins. Your guide will tell you stories about the history of the gardens and the many points of interest located within. Experience firsthand the mastery of landscape design that the Barberini Gardens boast.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Castel Gandolfo
After lunch, you are free to explore the scenic town of Castel Gandolfo. Overlooking the immaculate Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo boasts an array of shops, restaurants, art galleries and cafes. The opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence, is also available. Now a museum open to the public, visitors will enjoy exploring the Palace’s many rooms, art galleries, and collection of cars driven by former popes. Once you’ve finished basking in Castel Gandolfo’s unspoiled splendor, a bus will take you back down the hill to the train station. Unwind after your long day and enjoy the scenery on the train ride to Rome’s San Pietro Train Station.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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