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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Castel Gandolfo
  4. Barberini Gardens

Castel Gandolfo: Papal Villas with Optional Vatican Museums

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Visit the summer residence of the Pope, known as the Second Vatican, the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo and Barberini Gardens. You can choose to combine this unique experience with a visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel by train.
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  • Visit the Pope's summer retreat, the Castel Gandolfo
  • Take an walk with an audioguide through the Barberini Gardens
  • Skip the line for the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Full description
Explore the Pontifical Residence in Castel Gandolfo with an audio guide to discover priceless works of art. On Sundays, you can also have the unique chance to admire the botanical treasures in the Barberini Gardens. Known as the Second Vatican, the Pontifical Residence was designed by the Swiss-Italian architect Carlo Maderno for Pope Urban VIII. It has served as a summer retreat for various popes since the 17th century. 

You can choose to make this a full day experience and visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Vatican Garden by train. Skip the line to the Vatican Museums and enter at 8:00 AM. Explore the museums with an audio guide. The staff will be on hand to provide information on how to maximize your tour, whether you want to see the rooms painted by Raphael, the work of ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps, or exquisite tapestries by some of Raphael’s students in the Gallery of Tapestries.

Prepare to be awed by Michelangelo’s frescoes as you enter the Sistine Chapel. At 10:00 AM, visit the lush Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. Then, take an electric train to the Pontifical Villas at the Castel Gandolfo. Make your return train journey to the Vatican Museums at 5:00 PM. 
  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, if option selected
  • Entrance to the Barberini Gardens, if option selected
  • Audioguide at the Vatican Gardens, if option selected
  • Audioguide at Papal Villas
  • 15% discount at all bookshops inside the Vatican Museums
What’s Not Included
  • Tour guide
  • Lunch

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  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Please observe the strict dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts
• Please note that only the Apostolic Palace is wheelchair accessible
• Be prepared to go through an airport-style security check
• Audio guides for the Apostolic Palace are available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, and Russian
• Children under 6 years old go free and do not need a reservation
• You will receive a 15% discount at all of the bookshops inside the Vatican Museums
• Those with a disability and their carer or companion go free of charge with a certificate of disability, which you must present at the Special Permits and/or the Reception Desk in the hall of the museum
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