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The Pontifical villas of Castel Gandolfo are approximately 55 hectares (11 more than the Vatican City) of which 30 held at Garden and 25 for agricultural activity.

Inside we can find the Pontifical Palace (which houses the Vatican Observatory), the Palazzo Barberini, the homes of service, the electric substation, workshops, factories, farm and stables for cattle.

The Pontifical Palace (or Apostolic Palace) of Castel Gandolfo is a Museum belonging to the Catholic Church that is located within the area of the Pontifical villas of Castel Gandolfo. He was a papal residence but from 21 October 2016, decided by Francis Pope, the palace retires his garments of Papal summer residence and officially became a museum.



Departure: Customers will have to present themselves at the meeting point in Largo di Villa Peretti at 8.15am. The departure of the bus is scheduled at 08.30. A member of our staff will welcome you at the start and assist them during the tour.

Arrival at Castel Gandolfo: On arrival at the villas (around 09.45 am) tourists will be accompanied to the Meeting point on Via Carlo Rosselli and given directions to the place and time of the meeting for the departure to Rome. (At that point the clients will be left in the hands of the staff of the Vatican Museums who will accompany them on their visits, which will take place in this way: half of the participants will first visit the Papal Gardens aboard an uncovered mini bus, while the the other half will begin the visit with the Apostolic Palace.At the end of the respective visits the two groups will be inverted, that is those who have carried out the tour of the Gardens first will visit the Apostolic Palace and vice versa, both visits last about 1 hour .

Lunch / free time: Once the visits are finished (around 12.00) customers will have about 2.00 hours of free time to eat or simply take a walk in Castel Gandolfo. Departure from Castel Gandolfo: meeting at 1.45 pm in Via Carlo Rosselli (Meeting point) for transfer to Terminal B of Largo di Villa Peretti.

Arrival at Terminal B: The group will arrive at the Largo di Villa Peretti stop at approximately 2.40 pm. Then the escort will leave the customers free.




  • The tour includes walking and stairs, we recommend that you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Wear appropriate clothing to visit to the Pontifical Museum (covered shoulders and skirts/pants below the knee)
  • Exchange voucher: the voucher can be changed directly at the Meeting Point 15 minutes before tour departure.
  • Meeting Point: Largo di Villa Peretti 1, TERMINAL B City Sightseeing Rome
Duration Commentary within the grounds of Castel Gandolfo Meeting point Start time

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Largo di Villa Peretti (TERMINAL B City Sightseeing Rome)

8.30 *

* show up at the Meeting point 15 minutes before departure time


The visit of the Pontifical Villas will take place exclusively on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays in the period from April 15th to October 31st 2019, compatibly with the closing days of the Pontifical Villas and the institutional commitments of the Holy See, for a total of 130 dates.

  • Exclusive tour by minibus inside the Garden of Castel Gandolfo
  • Transfer from the villas in central Rome included.
  • Welcome and assistance at the meeting point and departure/arrival of the Bus
  • Transfers with Bus from Rome to Papal villas
  • Reception and assistance on board the Bus for the duration of the Tour
  • Entrance to the grounds of Papal Villas
  • Tour by minibus within the Garden of Castel Gandolfo
  • Multilingual audio guide on the minibus inside the Garden of Castel Gandolfo
  • Entrance to the Museum of the papal apartments


Not included
  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • Pick up service
Cancellation policy
Free cancellation until 1 day before the tour; 100% charged for cancellations effectuated 1 day before the tour
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