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Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome

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Rome, Italy

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Though smaller, and with far less art, the Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas are a feasible alternative to the Vatican for travelers who would like to avoid Rome’s crowds. This tour takes you from your hotel in Rome to the villas—located about an hour south of the city next to Lago Albano—saving you the trouble of navigation. Take a tour of the Papal Palace’s gardens, portrait museum, and library with an audio guide, then explore the town of Castelgandolfo’s pretty historic center. Plus, you’ll get your very own Papal blessing on parchment.
  • Skip the crowded Vatican for a visit to the Pope’s summer residence
  • Spend a day outside of the bustle of Rome at gardens and villas next to a lake
  • Receive a papal blessing on parchment at the end of your tour
  • Includes entrance fees, audio guides, and pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Rome
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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
Lunch, Food and Drinks
Tipping is not included in our service fees,It is never mandatory although it is always appreciated

Departure Point

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 drop off, fellow passengers. This means that your Driver could arrive within 15-30 minutes of your scheduled pickup time.

Departure Time

9:30 AM
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY ItalyBestExcursions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Castelgandolfo Pontifical Villas - Summer Residence of the Pope from Rome?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The only disappointment was that the Barberini Gardens the natural botanical garden was closed, so don't go on a Wednesday!" See review

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Castelgandolfo is such a lovely...
Simona
, 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.
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