Vatican gardens and Papal apartments at Castel Gandolfo
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Located amidst the ruins of the emperor Domitian’s country retreat, the papal palaces at Castel Gandolfo have been a summer retreat for the pope since the 17th century, being officially afforded extraterritorial status as property of the Holy See by way of the Lateran Treaty in 1929.
The entire estate is about 55 hectares in size (11 hectares larger than Vatican City), all built above the gorgeous Lake Gandolfo which you will see shimmering beneath it. After the palaces, you will visit the Vatican gardens with a minibus and use of headphone. Option to be taken to one of the area’s loveliest wineries surrounded by the Castelli Romani vineyards where you will taste a variety of specially selected wines as you nibble on appetizers of local salamis, cheeses, bruschetta and olive oil.
And there’s no need to worry about how to take your favorite wines or olive oils home with you. Our wineries can organize the shipping of any items purchased to wherever you want in the world. But, make sure you save room for lunch! We have an authentic, mouthwatering Italian meal at one of our favorite restaurants waiting for you at the end of your tour. Wine tasting and lunch extra cost.
Tours of the Papal residence at Castel Gandolfo are not permitted when the Pope is there or when special ceremonies are taking place.Security check is obligatory for everyone entering papal residence. Passport Required and ID proving age associated discounts must be presented. DRESS CODE REQUIRED: Knees and Shoulders must be covered, sandals allowed.
Enjoy the tour with maximum comfort
- Transportation (pick-up and drop-off)
- Guide in the papal apartments
- Headphones in the Gardens
- Skip the line entrance tickets
What's not included
Things to know about our tours
- Tasting of three different artisan wines from the local region accompanied by an assortment of local hors d’oeuvres
- Lunch at one of our favorite local Italian restaurants
- Gratuity for guide, driver and waiter if you are pleased with the service