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Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers

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Rome, Italy

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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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
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Visit the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, the traditional summer residence of the pope, on this 5-hour private tour from Rome. You'll travel out of the city by Mercedes vehicle for the ride to the museum, also known as the Apostolic Palace, where you'll tour the interior to see rooms like the Music Room. Plus explore the Barberini Gardens on a golf cart, listening to narration while you enjoy views of the Alban Hills. Lunch is included.
  • See the former summer residence of the popes
  • Travel around the Barberini Gardens by golf cart
  • Lunch included in a scenic setting
  • Enjoy the comfort of traveling by private vehicle
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (Centrally located hotels)
Blue Badge guide
Italian and Roman lunch
Transport by Mercedes E-Class or Mercedes Viano
Professional driver
Golf Cart service at Barberini Gardens
Gratuities

Departure Point

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up at your hotel at 9:00AM your hotel/accommodation in Rome city center (within Aurelian Walls)

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour starts with hotel pickup inside central Rome for the drive in a private vehicle to the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo.

As you approach, admire the mix of baroque and medieval architecture, and then hop on your personal golf cart with your guide for the ride around the vast Barberini Gardens. Head up to the top of the Alban Hills for views of the countryside outside Rome, and then visit the Papal Farm, where you can see cows, sheep, and chickens.

Next, return to the palace to tour the papal summer residence, which was named a museum by Pope Francis. One of the main points of interest is the Music Room, typically closed to visitors. Then finish your experience with a lunch of Roman or other Italian food at a location overlooking Lake Albano. After eating, your tour ends with the drive back to Rome for hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo
You’ll be lead up to the top of the Alban Hills where you can admire the stunning panoramic views from one of the highest vantage points overlooking the outskirts of Rome. Discover Papal Farm which embraces the traditional lifestyle of Rome. You’ll be introduced to many of the Pope’s animals such as the cows, chickens, sheep and many others. Once back at the Castle, you’ll continue your tour through the Papal summer residence that has since been turned into a museum by Pope Francis. The highlight of this spectacular tour is the Apostolic Palace with its Music Room which is usually closed to the public
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Giardino Barberini
Board your personal golf cart as your guide takes you around the vast gardens of Barberini Gardens by revealing its fascinating history.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
  • Wheelchair accessible, please note minor restrictions to a few sites visited, such as Papal Farm and Apostolic Palace
  • Food and drinks are not allowed inside each attraction
  • Pictures are strictly forbidden inside the Papal Villas of Castel Gandolfo
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Eyes of Rome

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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 Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers?
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 Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Castel Gandolfo Private Tour: Barberini Gardens, Apostolic Palace with Transfers.

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Loved this tour so much, I did it AGAIN!
BlueIrishEyes
, Jul 2019
I did this private tour with a companion two years ago and did nothing but brag about what a fantastic opportunity I found in it. So much so, that two MORE friends were enthusiastic enough to ask to go along. Four of us signed up and were wowed by our terrific guide, Francesca Dorazio. Francesca is passionate about her Vatican job and it was infectious. We already knew that what we were about to experience was unique, and could discontinue at any time, but it was Francesca who made each room in the palace come alive. She was able to answer any question with ease, and was completely at home, as if she lived in the Palace. The gardens were mesmerizing and our driver excellent. Afterwards, a wonderful meal that just did not end, with delightful and imaginative courses. Francesca was alerted to some allergies and made sure all went smoothly for our group of four. I can't say enough: this trip is so worth the money! I would not have done it a second time if it wasn't, so, don't hesitate!
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If you're looking for an over the...
ElizA W
, May 2018
If you're looking for an over the top experience, this is it! Franchesca our guide who was amazing and our driver Alessandro both spoke beautiful English and were informative and engaging as well as extremely service oriented. Our private golf cart tour of the gardens took us where the group bus tour could only see from the perimeter. The castle tour was great, but what made it truly special was the private entre to the 4 personal rooms of the Pope not open to the public tour. The coup de gras was the incredible lunch on the balcony overlooking Lake Albano with 5 courses and wonderful wines to experience a true Italian feast! This was the highlight of our trip!
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Too expensive for the tour and the...
Jaqueline Fournier-Chibly
, Jan 2018
Too expensive for the tour and the guide tour was boring and not well informed about the tour . The tour begin late and the guide tour wanted to finish early. We have a little discusión for this situation .
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OMG! Don't miss this opportunity if...
Marilyn
, Sep 2017
OMG! Don't miss this opportunity if you have even the slightest interest in seeing the interior of the Apostolic Palace. I had high expectations and they were surpassed. We noted the group tours there, with headphones. I have to tell you, having a private Vatican guide gave undivided attention, and we were able to see the rooms without having to strain through the large groups present. The luncheon afterwards was amazing, both in the food and the view. I can't wait to go back and do this again.
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