Castel Gandolfo and Pope Summer Residence Day Trip from Rome

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  • Rome
  • Castel Gandolfo
  • 6 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pick up


Travel from Rome to Castel Gandolfo, in the Castelli Romani area, to visit the most coveted spot by Catholics, the “Pope’s Summer Residence” on this day trip from Rome. Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to Lake Castel Gandolfo just 30 minutes from the city center. Explore the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo and take a stroll through the Barberini Gardens. Then, sit down for a fresh food buffet lunch from the Pope’s private farm, tasting dishes like yogurt, cheese, honey, salad, farm produce, and bruschetta with olive oil and tomatoes.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 6-hour tour from Rome to the Pope summer residence and grounds in Castel Gandolfo, Italy
  • Visit the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo inlcluding Private Papal Apartments, which was chosen by Pope Urban VIII in 1626
  • Explore the Barberini Gardens and its beautifully landscaped grounds
  • Audio headsets are available on this tour
Rates (Minivan + Driver + Guide)

The rates for this day trip from Rome to Castel Gandolfo to visit the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo “Pope Summer Residence” are calculated based on the number of passengers and the type of vehicle used.

  • From 1 to 3 passengers €299,00 “Sedan”
  • From 4 to 5 passengers €349,00 “Minivan”
  • From 6 to 8 passengers €399,00 “Minivan”


Departure & Return Location

From your location in Rome: Hotel, B&B, Other

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Private chauffeur / guide
  • Luxury vehicle

Price Excludes

  • Entrance ticket
  • Food & Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.

Dress Code

Entrance into the Apostolic Palace requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. We cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Having trouble booking online?

Call +39 346 0820 821

Product name: Pope’s Summer Residence Day Trip

What to Expect

Meet the driver at yout location in Rome. Hop on your comfortable luxury minivan for a 1-hour drive to Castel Gandolfo, where the traditional papal summer residence is situated, just outside of Rome in the Alban Hills.

On arrival, take a break to grab a coffee or shop for souvenirs (both at own expense) before your group begins it 45-minute tour of the Apostolic Palace. Learn about the rare treasure housed here, as well as its history that dates back to 1626. Get a chance to stroll along the terrace, and take pictures of the surrounding Italian landscape.

You will then be handed over to an official Vatican guide for a spectacular tour of the Apostolic Palace for an insider’s look at the rare treasures and history it contains. Stand in awe of the most intimate areas of the palace like the Pope’s actual bedroom, study and private chapel, all recently opened for limited visits. Explore this remarkable complex, often referred to as the ‘Second Vatican’, culminating in the breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape from the Papal Terrace, a privilege reserved for very few’.

After, it’s off to the Barberini Gardens for just over an hour. Walk along the paved pathways, and marvel at the intricately landscaped grounds. From bright green grass to ruby roses and towering trees, the gardens are well worth exploring. See the Magnolia Garden, the Path of Roses, the ruins of the imperial theater, an ancient passageway, and the Belvedere Gardens.

Get on your original luxury minivan you took to Castel Gandolfo to make the journey back Rome.


Customer Reviews

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Great service
Lucia ClementeLucia Clemente
18:25 07 Apr 24
Very helpful, recommended
Guillermo VeraGuillermo Vera
16:14 07 Apr 24
Although pick up time was extremely early in the morning (or late in the night), driver was perfectly on time and in place.However, it was not possible to pay with Credit Card.
Carmen GeraciCarmen Geraci
06:59 02 Apr 24
Laura KennedyLaura Kennedy
19:31 01 Apr 24
Francesco was incredible! The service was impeccable, he drove safely, and was super friendly. He was there early and we are so glad we chose this company to transport us to our apartment in the city center! We would highly recommend using these guys again. Comfortable, reliable, and brilliant staff!
Lea BuzhalaLea Buzhala
10:20 01 Apr 24
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