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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Barberini Gardens

From Rome: Pope's Summer Residence & Vatican Museum

Product ID: 72942
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Make use of exclusive no-wait access to see more of the Vatican in one day than ever before. See famous attractions such as the Sistine Chapel before visiting the Pope’s summer residence, only recently opened to the public.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Experience VIP Access to the Vatican Museums via private Partner Entrance
  • Take in the stunning view of Lake Albano from the privileged position of the Papal Terrace at the Apostolic Palace
  • Board the recently opened Vatican Train and see parts of the Vatican State long hidden from the public
  • Enjoy a tour of the Barberini Gardens and Papal Residence at Castel Gandolfo by an official Vatican guide
Full description
Bypassing hours-long lines, your expert English-speaking guide will let you enter the Vatican Museums via an exclusive Partner Entrance, off-limits to all but a select few. As you move through the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra, and the sumptuous Raphael Rooms, your guide will share the stories behind the incredible collection of art and artifacts, including fascinating items most visitors miss.

Your guide will do their best to prepare you for the world-famous grandeur of the Sistine Chapel, but you may still find yourself overwhelmed when you step into this hushed and sacred space. Afterward, you’ll have a rare chance to reflect in the Vatican meditation gardens and to discover the hidden beauty of the Rose Garden and Renaissance villas.

Everything you’ll see for the rest of this full-day tour was off-limits to the public until recently, starting with the Vatican Train. As the train takes you to Castel Gandolfo in the lush Alban Hills, your guide will fill you in on the history of this long-hidden region. On arrival, an official Vatican guide will show you around the Barberini Gardens, whose balance of Imperial Roman and classical influences surrounds the whole Renaissance complex in tranquil beauty.

After some free time for lunch, you’ll enter the Papal Residence for a private tour that includes the Pope’s own bedroom, study, and chapel. You’ll hear expert insights into the lives and traditions of Popes past and present, as well as the residence’s role as a sanctuary for refugees during World War II. After the tour, you’ll have time to look out to sea from the Papal Terrace, as Popes have done since the 17th century.
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket for Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • English-speaking official Vatican guide
  • Return Train to Castel Gandolfo
What’s Not Included
  • Lake Albano
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Address: Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy. Your tour guides will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets with the local supplier's name on for easy recognition.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs so comfortable shoes are recommended
• Regretfully guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated at this time.
• Strollers or baby carriages on group tours can also not be accommodated
• Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The local tour provider cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress
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Overall rating
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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 72942