Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence Of The Pope From Rome

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure and Return Point: Your accommodation in Rome
    In Shared Tour Option only: Your Driver may make a few stops (usually 2/3 stops) along the way to pick up, or dr.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Your accommodation in Rome
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

We are immensely pleased to lead to you to visit:
The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo on your own with audioguides (included)
Then youll enjoy the pretty historical centre of Castel Gandolfo town
The scenic view of the Albano Lake
Free time for a very good lunch (own expense).
Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English.
Upgradable with Official Licensed Expert Tour Guide (in Private option)
Pickup and dropoff will be at your accommodation in Rome.
Private or Shared Tour available options.

Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with:
Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers
Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked)
Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles

Know More about this tour

Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English!
(it will be the Apostolic Blessing on Parchement to the Primary Customer's name/surname and Family)
Consider that for exceptionality of the Parchement you must book this Tour minimum 30days before.


9:30am - You will be picked up from your hotel in Rome by your professional English-speaking driver. You'll enjoy a scenic 1 hour drive to Castel gandolfo.

Youll visit The Pontifical Villas of Castel gandolfo on your own with audioguides (included and available in English, French, German, Russian and Spanish), then youll enjoy the pretty historical centre of Castel gandolfo town and the scenic view of the Albano Lake with the a stop for a very good lunch.

After lunch back to your accommodation in Rome.

The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo are increasingly accessible to visitors. Following the opening to the public of theBarberini Gardenand the inauguration, within the Apostolic Palace, of the Museums of theGallery of the Portraits of the Pontiffs, nowthe most private and reserved areas of the papal residence can also be admired and enjoyed by pilgrims and tourists. Many of the exclusive places in thePapal Apartmentwill be revealed to visitors: from the Bedchamber to the Private Chapel, from The library to the Study, along a rich exhibition itinerary conceived, arranged and managed by the Vatican museums.

The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo comprise about 55 hectares (11 more than Vatican city) of which 30 make up a garden while 25 are used for farming. The latter is carried out with full regard for the aesthetics proper to countryside gardening. The entire papal residence enjoys all the privileges of extraterritoriality.

When one visits the pontifical estates or Villa Pontificia for the first time, he does not expect to come across the ruins of what is perhaps the most famous villa of ancient Rome, the Albanum Domitiani, the magnificent summer residence of the Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD), which once covered roughly 14 kilometres along the Appian Way towards Lake albano.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and dropoff

One Papal Blessing on Parchment in English

Private Licensed Expert Tour Guide (upgradable in Private Tour option).

Skip-The-Line entrance Tickets and audioguides to The Pontifical Villas

Air-conditioned, fully insured and licensed legal vehicle with professional English-speaking Driver

Exclusions

Lunch, Food and Drinks

Tipping is not included in our service fees,It is never mandatory although it is always appreciated

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Included one Papal Blessing on Parchment in English

Air-conditioned, fully insured and licensed legal vehicle with professional English Speaking Driver

On Sunday and Religious Festivity the Pontifical Villas are closed.

Option Private Tour: This is a private Tour. Only your group will participate and it can be modified and/or customized (even while on tour)

Option Shared Tour: Solution with a lower price dedicated to travelers sharing the vehicle with a small group (up to 8 people per vehicle). Not customizable. It is not possible to include attractions tickets purchased by your own

One Infant seat available on request

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Travelers must provide/bring their own face mask during the experience

Traveler Reviews

  • 16-Aug-2018

    Castelgandolfo is such a lovely scenic town which overlooks Lake Albano. The town has a main square which has cafes and shops and souvenirs. it is very pretty and highly recommend a visit. It's a great escape to spend some quiet time away from the flock of tourists in central Rome. Within this town is the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo where portraits of historical popes are beautifully presented, along with the amazing garments that they wore. The only disappointment was that the Barberini Gardens the natural botanical garden was closed, so don't go on a Wednesday! Sadly the driver did not inform us. You also have to remind the driver to give you your pope parchment but they were so lovely to have gone to the trouble to post it and we eventually received it. Please note that this was only for a chaperone service and nothing more. The driver was polite and it was a very comfortable mode of transport to get to the town. Overall a beautiful quiet town worth the visit.

  • 16-Aug-2018

    Castelgandolfo is such a lovely scenic town which overlooks Lake Albano. The town has a main square which has cafes and shops and souvenirs. it is very pretty and highly recommend a visit. It's a great escape to spend some quiet time away from the flock of tourists in central Rome. Within this town is the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo where portraits of historical popes are beautifully presented, along with the amazing garments that they wore. The only disappointment was that the Barberini Gardens the natural botanical garden was closed, so don't go on a Wednesday! Sadly the driver did not inform us. You also have to remind the driver to give you your pope parchment but they were so lovely to have gone to the trouble to post it and we eventually received it. Please note that this was only for a chaperone service and nothing more. The driver was polite and it was a very comfortable mode of transport to get to the town. Overall a beautiful quiet town worth the visit.