Guided Tour of Castel Gandolfo with the Papal Palace

4 hours

Discover the historic center of Castel Gandolfo and Ariccia! Visit the Palace, the Pontifical Villas, and the magnificent gardens. Learn incredible stories about the popes who have stayed in Castel Gandolfo over the centuries!

You can choose the excursion without transfers (meeting in Castel Gandolfo) or with a transfer from Rome (pick up from the hotel in the center) or from Frascati train station. We will visit the interiors of the Pontifical Palace, the Pontifical Villas, and the gardens. The Palace was the holiday home of the popes, starting with Urban VIII, who, immediately after he was elected pontiff in 1623, began the construction of a building on the site of the Roman villa of the emperor Domitian. Our journey will tell the story of the papacy from the seventeenth century to the Lateran Pacts, from John Paul II and Benedict XVI, to the Palace's transformation into a museum by Pope Francis.

Finally, we will stroll through the splendid gardens of the Park of the Ville Pontificie with the remains of the ancient Roman villa and move to Ariccia, where we will enjoy the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Palazzo Chigi (external), and the famous Ariccia bridge. The majesty of the place and its natural beauty have made it a fabulous destination for our Grand Tour!

Highlights: Castel Gandolfo, Lake Albano, Papal summer residence,  Papal Palace,  Ariccia with Piazza di Corte, Palazzo Chigi, Church of Saint Mary.

Includes:   a professional guide, entrance ticket to Papal Palace, pontifical villas and gardens.  Not included: transfers, hotel pick-up and drop-off. Minimum 2 person.

Cancellation policy: the excursion can be canceled free of charge up to 72 hours before departure.
Stefano Felix
With GetExperience since 2022
Meeting point
00040 Castel Gandolfo, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Important to know
Free cancellation
Plans are subject to change, and sometimes unexpectedly. So you can cancel your event free of charge 24 hours before the start.
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$78.89 / person