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This is a walking tour and involves walking through the gardens and grounds as well as occasionally up and down stairs
Start your day with a skip the line Vatican Museums tour. Enter a full hour before the general public.
Be among the first people to enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
Visit the Vatican Museums for two hours, visiting the highlights and hidden gems of the collections.
Visit the exclusive Vatican City Gardens for an hour long tour.
Climb aboard the Pope's private train for a relaxing and scenic ride to Castle Gandolfo.
On the way to Castle Gandolfo, pass through the park of the aqueducts and the vineyards of Marino.
Once in Castel Gandolfo, enjoy an amazing view of the volcanic lake that frames the papal summer residence.
The bus waiting for your arrival will bring you to the center of Castel Gandolfo in 5 minutes.
See the first post box in the world.
Now open to the public as a gesture of goodwill by Pope Francis, the gorgeous gardens of the Pontifical Villas are filled with carefully tended hedges, fountains, flowers and more. Twenty-two gardens
Learn about the Roman emperor who owned the villa and the little amphitheater in the Castel Gandolfo's Gardens.
A "criptoportico" built for the emperor to ride his horses in.
Enjoy the same exclusive organic products that go straight to the Papal table including meats, cheeses, meats, tomatoes, olive oil, salads and more.
We provide skip the line access to the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo.
See the Pope's costumes up close.
Visit a pinacoteca with paintings of the past and present popes.
Enter the rooms where people from all over the world gathered for an audience with the pope. The floor features sections of colosseum's columns.
See the personal office and desk where the pope woks during his stay at the summer residence.
Enter the Pope's most intimate room - his bedroom. Two popes died in the bed here and almost 40 children were born.
Return back to the local train station on a private bus. Then, enjoy the scenery again on your return trip to Rome.
Lunch is included in your ticket cost. Literally, eat like the Pope
The Pope's summer residence and gardens are a special treat
This authentic experience extracts you from the teaming masses
Have you ever wondered what the Pope's life is like? Most tourists visit the Vatican Museums on their trip to Rome, but why not take a step further and visit the Pope’s summer residence? Take a day trip with us that not only covers the Vatican Museums, but also the Vatican Gardens and the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo. For centuries, popes have spent their summers in the hills of Rome’s wine country. On this special day trip, visit the Pope’s summer residence in the beautiful Castelli Romani as a guest on the Pope’s private train.
Your day begins early in the morning, as you meet our expert guide in front of the Vatican Museums. After you make introductions with your small group, enter the Vatican Museums an entire hour before the general public is allowed inside. This means you can enjoy the highlights (and hidden gems) of the Vatican Museums without the afternoon crowds. Once inside, visit the Gallery of Candelabras, the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, the Raphael Rooms and the world famous, magnificent Sistine Chapel. Get more out of your visit to the Vatican Museums, as your expert guide shares the real stories behind the Vatican’s masterpieces.
The Vatican Gardens in Rome are restricted, and only special Vatican tour groups are allowed to visit them. Due to our special relationship with the Vatican, our Castel Gandolfo Day Trip does include Vatican Gardens tickets, so you can enjoy the Pope’s private park like a real VIP. Also known as the Pope's oasis of peace and tranquillity, the Vatican Gardens are an escape from the city. With your expert guide, wander through the lush gardens, past the monastery where the retired pope, Benedict XVI, lives, and on to Stazione di Città del Vaticano, the Vatican City's only station.
Only special guests of the Vatican or the Pope are permitted to board the private train that departs from Stazione di Città del Vaticano. Today, you're one of these special guests! After touring the Vatican Gardens, board the eco-friendly electric train that leaves directly from inside Vatican City walls. Enjoy a relaxing and scenic ride through the Castelli Romani rolling hills, before arriving in at the Castel Gandolfo Train Station. Located within the town is a 17th century palace - the Pope’s summer residence - one of the many gems visited on today's tour. From Gandolfo station, board a bus that takes you up the hill and into Castel Gandolfo.
Before sitting down to a delicious organic lunch, we'll take you on an hour long stroll of the Barberini Gardens, built over the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s Villa. Now open to the public as a gesture of goodwill by Pope Francis, the gorgeous gardens of the Pontifical Villas are filled with carefully tended hedges, fountains, flowers and more. As you stroll through the lush surroundings, hear stories about all the habits of previous Popes, and walk inside the ruins of a Roman Amphitheatre. Just after you soak in the views from the Belvedere Gardens, it is time to chow down.
Time to fuel up! Sit down and enjoy a meal of uncompromising quality, made with local Italian ingredients. Enjoy typical dishes coming from Castel Gandolfo and nearby towns, such as the famous succulent porchetta, and take in the sweeping views over nearby rolling hills as you tuck in. If you have any dietary restrictions, contact us in advance so we can accommodate you.
With a full belly, your expert guide will lead your group inside the Papal Palace. Wander in and out of rooms that include the Pope's office, bedroom and galleries. Plus, visit some portraits of the Pope and the famous popemobiles. Learn all about the history of this powerful yet peaceful Palace situated just outside of Rome. The Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo is traditionally the summer residence and private vacation desitination for popes. However, Pope Francis has bucked tradition once again by opening up his exclusive papal vacation pad for public viewing.
At the end of your Day Trip to Castel Gandolfo, our guide will see you back to the shuttle bus that will drive you down the hill and back to the local train station. Catch the train back to Rome and relax after an exciting and inspiring day. Arrive back in Rome at the San Pietro train station, located just outside the walls of the Vatican.
Read more about getting to Travestere and the city center from the San Pietro Station
** This tour will not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.** Students who book this tour for a student price MUST bring their student ID. It is required at the start of the tour.** If your child is under 6 years of age and will not be eating lunch during the tour, you do not need to pay for them. If they will be eating please pay.** As an accredited Vatican tour operator, we have access to a much shorter security line. Your guide will escort you to this special line at 7:30am/7:45am. At 8:00am when the museums open to tour operators, you will go directly inside.** During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may be closed unexpectedly. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery in the Vatican Museums to compensate.
In front of Caffé Vaticano – on Viale Vaticano, 100. This is across the street from the Vatican Museum Entrance. Your guide will be there holding a sign that says “The Roman Guy.”
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Student (18-25 w/ I.D.)
Child (5 & under)
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Group Tour cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 72 hours of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
The Roman Guy offers a full refund on Private Tour cancellations made more than 7 days prior to your tour taking place. Cancellations made within 7 days of your tour taking place cannot be refunded but we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour or date, pending availability.
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