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Castel Gandolfo: Pope’s Private Palaces & Barberini Gardens

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Activity provider: Litiberi SRLS
Entry ticket

Castel Gandolfo: Pope’s Private Palaces & Barberini Gardens

Activity provider: Litiberi SRLS

From US$ 52.72 per person

Enjoy a day roaming around the pope's summer residence. Tour his private palace on a self-guided visit and explore the papal gardens in all their glory. Upgrade your experience with a guided tour.

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Duration 4 - 8 hours
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English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Optional audio guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German


  • Walk in the footsteps of the pope
  • Take in the sweeping panoramic views from Castel Gandolfo
  • Admire the creative landscaping of the Barberini Gardens
  • Learn about the pope's vacation retreat from your complimentary audio guide
  • See papal gowns and the portable throne
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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the tranquil Castel Gandolfo where you can follow in the pope’s footsteps. Start off at the Apostolic Palace, pick up your complimentary audio guide, and get ready for a sneak peek into the lives of the popes at their traditional vacation retreat. 

Experience the intricate work of the clergy up close as you pass by historical papal gowns and the pope’s portable throne. Explore the pope’s private apartment and enjoy sweeping panoramic views from his hill-top home.

Next, visit the Barberini Gardens. Explore the luxurious gardens from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Uncover the history of this unique site with a complimentary audio guide, available in a multitude of languages.

Enhance your experience by selecting the full-day option and enjoy a guided tour.

  • Fast-track access to the Apostolic Palace, Barberini Gardens, and pope's summer residence
  • Complimentary audio guides for palace and gardens (available in a range of languages at request)
  • Buffet lunch (if relevant option selected)
  • Licensed guide (if relevant option selected)
  • Entrance to Vatican museums and gardens (if relevant option selected)
  • Train transfers from Rome to Castel Gandolfo (if relevant option selected)
  • Transport
  • Tips
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  • Wheelchair users

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  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

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3.5 /5

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December 10, 2022

1)There was no representative waiting in front of the castle at the appointed time with a sign for the travel company. I had to telephone and get directions to find security and to enter the castle by myself. 2)This was advertised as a 4-hour experience. The museum guides rushed everyone through the Apostolic Palace in 45 minutes, then rushed us to the golf carts, then careened around the gardens in 45 minutes, passing everything so quickly that it was nearly impossible to hold a camera and a listening device while hanging onto the seat in front of you so you didn’t fall out. Only 90 minutes total. 3)The price for this tour was about $48. On the Vatican Museum website, it is about $20. I got nothing extra for the additional cost. I want a refund of the difference. This tour was falsely advertised and a rip-off. Will never use this company again.

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October 28, 2022

Super, wunderschön, unbedingt ansehen. Nur das mit der Sprachauswahl ist eher ein Witz. Wir haben extra eine deutschsprachige Führung gebucht, damit alle wirklich alles verstehen. Nur die Sprache wird beim Audioguide eingestellt. Und es wird lediglich die Nummer mitgeteilt, die man einstellen muss. Auf englisch. Für uns nicht schlimm, wir können englisch, aber jemand der kein Englisch spricht, wäre hilflos aufgeschmissen. Wir haben keine einzige deutschsprachige Person angetroffen. Wir hätten genausogut eine spanischsprachige Führung nehmen können. Aber wie gesagt, Castel Gandolfo ist eine Reise wert.

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October 20, 2022


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