A Walk in the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo

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A walk in the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo

From $27.66

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours (approx.)


The Pontifical Villa at Castel Gandolfo was used as the pope’s summer residence for centuries and closed to the public, but now you can access these sumptuous private gardens with a Vatican-approved guide on this exclusive tour. Stroll through the vast park overlooking Lake Albano and admire the ancient ruins of Emperor Domitian’s residence as you learn about the garden’s history and design.
  • Enter the Pontifical Villa to admire the gardens, long closed to the public
  • A Vatican guide for commentary about the property and its history
  • Optional add-ons to visit the Papal Apartment or have lunch in the garden
  • Views over Lake Albano and the Roman ruins of Domitian’s villa

What's Included

  • Entrance to the Papal Gardens
  • Hosted Entry
  • Papal Apartment (if option selected)
  • Lunch in the Papal Gardens (if option selected)
  • Food and Drinks
  • Guide
  • Transportation to Castel Gandolfo

Meeting And Pickup

Ticket Redemption Point

Piazza della Libertà, 12, 00040 Castel Gandolfo RM, Italy

What To Expect

Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Pontifical Palace

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Spurious address given to...
Owen_B, Oct 2022
Spurious address given to meet up with guide. Nobody showed. Had to straighten out with pontifical office on our own #-$@((&
Nice tour
Anonymous, Jun 2022
Very much enjoyed the palace you. The walking tour too long because we had to go as a large group. We kept stopping and waiting for others to catch up. Do the guided tour on the shuttle.
reem_a, May 2022
nothing special. we enjoyed the garden... but you could not walk in it... its in a small bus. villa was all filled with popes pictures and their stories.
Una bella giornata
Anna_M, Apr 2023
È stata una giornata speciale, visitare Castel Gandolfo è stato molto interessante tornare indietro nel tempo, bellissima la passeggiata nei giardini, da consigliare a tutti

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