Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour
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Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour

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This exclusive day trip from Rome begins with a bus ride from the meeting point at Via Cavour building #224 to the Pope’s Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo. One of Italy’s most scenic towns, located only 15 miles southeast of Rome, it is understandable why Popes have chosen this spot as their sanctuary for hundreds of years.

Recently opened to the public by Pope Francis, the Papal Palace – also known as the Apostolic Palace was designed by Carlo Maderno - the same architect as 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.

You arrive to the top of this secluded, charming town, where your exclusive Apostolic Palace sightseeing audio guided tour begins. This audioguided tour will last about an hour.

From the Apostolic Palace you will head towards Pope’s private and luxurious Barberini Gardens where you will have the chance to explore the gardens by an ecological golf car for about one hour, using your audio guide.

After your visit to the Pope’s gardens, you will have about an hour lunch break to taste some delicious food chosen for you directly from Pope’s Residence fresh products.

Around 1 pm our driver will pick you up to ride you back to Rome (dropping you at the same point of the departure) or at the Vatican if you have chosen to upgrade to a Vatican tour.

If you prefer to visit the Vatican as well you can simply select the afternoon walking tour with a live speaking tour guide. This is the best option to visit the highlights of the art collections displayed throughout 8 km of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel and the St'Peter's Basilica. An expert tour guide will be with you for about 3 - hours.
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  • Audio guide in your selected language to the Papal Palace and gardens
  • Ecological golf car available for 1 hour visit to the gardens
  • Group tour (25 people maximum)
  • Lunch
  • Bus or minivan from the meeting point and back
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Not included
  • Pick up and drop off from hotel
  • Live tour guide for the Castel Gandolfo Papal Residence
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note - Papal palace and Gardens have security restrictions. Due to metal detectors at the entrances of most it is forbidden to bring the following:
  • Weapons and blunt objects (knives, long umbrellas, etc.)
  • Glass bottles, aerosol sprays, and alcohol
  • Bicycles, skates, and segways
  • Luggage
  • Pets
  • Please note also that - the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica maintains a strict dress code all year-round. All visitors must have their shoulders covered and pants/skirts must come to the knee. Please wear comfortable shoes.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
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