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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
Skip the line and go directly inside the Vatican Museums at 7:45 AM.
Be among the first people to enter Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
Visit the exclusive Vatican City Gardens for an hour long tour.
Climb aboard a train that departs directly from Vatican City for a relaxing and scenic ride to Castle Gandolfo. pass through the park of the aqueducts and the beautiful vineyards of Marino.
Now open to the public as a gesture of goodwill by Pope Francis, the stunning gardens of the Pontifical Villas are filled with carefully tended hedges, fountains, flowers and even farms.
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 for lunch.
See the first post box in the world.
Skip the line access to the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo.
See the Pope's costumes up close.
Visit a pinacoteca with paintings of 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 works 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 here.
Return back to the local train station on a private bus. Then, enjoy the scenery again on your return trip to Rome.
A Delicious Lunch is included in your ticket cost. Literally, eat like the Pope!
Enjoy an Exclusive Tour to the Gorgeous Barberini Garden of Castel Gandolfo
Get away from the huge crowds and lines. Get straight inside the Vatican Museums
Have you ever wondered what the Pope's life is really like? Most tourists visit the Vatican Museums, but why not take a step further? Join us on a day trip from Rome to the Pope’s opulent summer residence in the gorgeous hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo. This exclusive day trip from Rome not only covers the highlights of the Vatican Museums, but also the Vatican Gardens, Barberini Gardens, and the Pope's summer residence. This ultimate full day Vatican experience includes a delicious locally-sourced lunch and train tickets to Castel Gandolfo. This is a great family-friendly tour for kids that are able to handle an entire day of sightseeing.
Your day begins early in the morning, as you meet your guide in front of the Vatican Museums. After you make introductions with your small group, skip the line and enter the Vatican Museums forty-five minutes before the general public is allowed inside. When we say "skip the line", we mean it. On our tours, you enter the museum without any hassle, and jump right into the art inside. On this Vatican tour, we visit the Gallery of Candelabras, the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Raphael Rooms and the magnificent Sistine Chapel.
Since it is part of the Vatican Tour, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is included in your tickets. It is here that Michelangelo toiled for four years on his back painting these world-famous and inspiring frescoes. Only when you enter the Sistine Chapel is it clear how high the ceiling is and how many paintings are up there. It is impossible not to appreciate how magnificent the chapel is once you're inside staring up at it. And because our guides are experts in art history, you will learn about the fascinating stories and characters hidden in the art by Michelangelo.
Only special tour groups are allowed to visit the Vatican Gardens. This full day tour to Castel Gandolfo includes in-demand Vatican Gardens tickets. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy this oasis of peace and tranquility smack dab in the busy city of Rome. Take a stroll with your licensed Vatican guide and pass innumerable grottoes, antiquities and world-class landscaping. Did you know there are 100 fountains in the Vatican Gardens? The Vatican Gardens are never crowded, very few visitors are allowed inside. Prepare yourself for some incredible views of St. Peter's Basilica. Your Vatican Gardens tour ends as you reach Stazione di Città del Vaticano, Vatican City's only train station.
Only special guests of the Vatican are permitted to board the train that departs from Stazione di Città del Vaticano. Today, that's you! After touring the Vatican Gardens, climb aboard the train that departs straight from Vatican City for a relaxing and scenic ride through the green Castelli Romani hills. After a busy morning, this is an excellent opportunity to rest and recharge for the second portion of the day's activities. After an hour, your train arrives at the Castel Gandolfo Train Station. From here, board a bus that takes you up the hill to the Barberini Gardens and the Pope's summer residence (the Apostolic Palace)
Now it's time to experience the enchanting Barberini Gardens from a bus and by foot. Built over the ruins of Emperor Domitian’s Villa, the gardens are now open to the public as a gesture of goodwill by Pope Francis. These unbelievable gardens are filled with carefully tended hedges, fountains, flowers and ancient Roman ruins. Stop to view specific points of interest in the gardens, and hear stories from your guide about the history of your lush surroundings. Walk inside the ruins of a Roman Amphitheatre that dates back to the 1st century AD. The Barberini Garden experience cannot be adequately described - you must experience it firsthand to understand just how exquisite it is.
Are you hungry yet? It's time for a buffet lunch comprised of cheeses, meats, bruschetta with olive oil and fresh tomatoes and pasta locally-sourced from the surrounding land.These delicious foods are fit for the Pope himself, so you know everything is top-quality. If you want, you can also purchase some of these exclusive organic food items to take home to enjoy later.
With a full belly, you are now free to explore the picturesque town of Castel Gandolfo, situated at the top of hill that overlooks the pristine Lake Albano. There are shops, restaurants, art galleries, bars and cafes to shop and relax in. This is also your opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Pope's summer residence, which is now a museum. Wander in and out of rooms that include the Pope's office, bedroom and numerous galleries of artifacts related to the Vatican. There is even a collection of cars driven by former popes in the courtyard. When you've finished taking in the splendor of Castel Gandolfo, board a bus back down to the train station and cruise on home to the San Pietro Train Station in Rome.
Q: Does this tour include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: This tour will not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. If you want a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica, we offer several Vatican tours that include entrance to the church.
Q: Does this tour include the Sistine Chapel?
A: Yes! The Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museums. Your tickets include entrance to Michelangelo's masterpiece. You will have about twenty minutes to enjor Michelangelo's incredible frescoes.
Q: How do I book this tour at the student price?
A: Students who book this tour for the student price must bring their student ID to the tour.
Q: What is a Vatican skip the line tour?
A: As an accredited Vatican tour operator, we get to go directly inside the Vatican Museums without waiting in any long lines. Your guide will escort you to this special line at 7:30am or 7:45am. Then, we get to go inside before anyone else.
Q: Does the Vatican close for special religious events?
A: During State visits or special religious events, parts of the Vatican may close unexpectedly. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide still provides 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.”
Where to Meet
What to Bring
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.
Be prepared to be walking or on your feet for the duration of the tour. If that makes you nervous due to a physical condition, contact us for more information or go with a private tour that will move at your pace. Thanks!
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