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Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour

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Roma, Italy

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icon5 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Leave the bustle of Rome behind, and visit the Pope’s exclusive summer residence, on a tour of Castel Gandolfo. Located just 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the city center, the residence comprises the opulent Apostolic Palace, the Barberini Gardens, and more. Set off in the morning via bus; upon arrival, you’ll go on an audio tour of both the palace and gardens. Enjoy a lunch break amidst the greenery before heading back to the city. Add on an optional upgrade to tour the Vatican Museums upon returning to Rome.
  • Explore the Pope’s summer residence: off-limits to visitors until recently
  • Enjoy lunch in the Barberini Gardens, featuring local produce
  • Learn more about the sights from an audio guide
  • Upgrade to add on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums
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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
Pick up and drop off from hotel
Live tour guide for the Castel Gandolfo Papal Residence

Departure Point

Via Cavour, 224, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nicom Tours

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

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 Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Pope's Summer Residence Tour.

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loribober
, Sep 2019
The timing of the tour does not allow adequate time to take in the full opportunity. Pick up and ride to residence was smooth without incident. We arrived and our driver although he did not speak English tried his best to point out highlights along the route (would have been great to have English speaking driver since it was an "English" tour). He walked us out to the lake to give us a nice view of that area - it only took us about 10 minutes but that may have cut into the time for touring the residence. We started the tour and the audio handsets and kept going through the audio at a rapid pace but only had time to listen to the first 18 audio clips before we quickly realized there was no way to listen to all prior to catching the bus for the garden tours. So we started skipping large numbers of audio (18 to 21 to 26 to 32) but unfortunately did not have time to listen beyond 32 which was a shame since it was of our most recent popes information. We never got to view the sleeping quarters as we had to catch the bus for the garden tour. Garden tour was nice but again felt very rushed. Lunch was lovely and then we returned to residence but was unable to enter again to use the last 20 minutes remaining before meeting the driver. Felt like we had the opportunity to see only 2/3rds of what the experience had to offer. If we had adequate time to listen to all the audio we would rate a 5. Our suggestion would be to understand how long the audio clips are to tour the residence and allow that much time plus a buffer of 10 minutes or so before catching the bus. For example, if audio clips equal 80 minutes - allow 90 minutes prior to garden tour.
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